Arsenal F.C. midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed he was surprised by his FA charge for swearing at the club’s FA Cup victory parade in London.
The England international, 23, was informed of the charge when he joined the Three Lions’ squad ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia on Sunday.
Wilshere claims to have learned his lesson, but also believes it was too severe.
“That’s one way [lesson learned] of looking at it. But, at the same time, people have been giving me a lot of stick for having some fun and enjoying myself at the end of [the season],” Wilshere said.
“We’ve worked hard all year as a group of players and we’ve won a trophy. That’s the best feeling in the world. No matter what job you do, if at the end of the year you get a promotion and a bonus, you’re going to go out and celebrate. From that side of things it was a bit harsh.
“I’ve always had that bond with the Arsenal fans since I was young because I came through the club. I grew up at Arsenal and I love the fans. I am quite proud of that. But, believe it or not, I’ve actually got family who are Tottenham fans so it’s nothing personal against them. It was just a bit of fun.”
Wilshere tallied two goals and one assist in 14 English Premier League appearances for the Gunners last season.
Lloris still a Spurs player
Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris does not want to speak about rumours linking him with an exit from White Hart Lane this summer but insists he does want to play UEFA Champions League football again.
The France international, 28, is reportedly the leading target to replace David de Gea at Manchester United if the Spaniard joins Real Madrid in the coming months.
However, Lloris is more than happy to honour his contract and stay in North London until the summer of 2019.
“I am still a Spurs player,” Lloris told Sky Sports HQ after France’s 4-3 loss to Belgium on Sunday.
“I have a contract until 2019 and I have a lot of respect for the gaffer, the club and my teammates, so I don’t want to speak about it.
“For any player you need to play at the highest level to improve yourself to help your national team to improve. I think every player wants to play in the Champions League because it is the highest level. We work for that and I hope to play Champions League football again.
“At the moment, De Gea is still Manchester United keeper so I have no need to talk about that.”