Jack Wilshere has his sights firmly set on Euro 2016 after making his long-awaited Arsenal comeback.
The midfielder made his first Gunners appearance of the season as a substitute during Sunday's 0-0 draw at Sunderland after recovering from a leg injury.
Wilshere was delighted to be back on the pitch and now aims to prove his fitness to England manager Roy Hodgson to be in with a chance of making the squad which travels to France this summer.
It's the best feeling. All those late nights and long days in the gym, this is when it really pays off.
You can do all the training, you can play for the under-21s to build your fitness up, but what really matters is playing for the first team and getting back on the pitch, so I'm really happy.
I felt good. In my first under-21s game, I didn't really feel that great. In the second I felt better and in the third I felt as though I was able to get through 90 minutes and have an impact on the game.
I spoke with the boss (Arsene Wenger) in the week, he felt the same and I travelled to Sunderland. It's a big week for me in training, getting fitter and sharper. Hopefully next weekend I can get some more game time and go from there.
I'm not saying that I'm there yet, this is just another step on my way to full recovery. There's a few games left and after that, hopefully I'll go away with England to the Euros. It's an exciting time.
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The midfielder is trying to return to fitness following his latest injury suffered in August.
(My recovery is) going well. I'm back on the pitch and I'm just trying to build my fitness up because everyone knows how tough it is to play in the Premier League.
I'm working on it and I'm slowly getting there. Sometimes it's been difficult to stay positive, especially after the injuries that I've had, which have been frustrating.
But as the injury goes, you get closer to full fitness and you see the light at the end of the tunnel, then you start to think about coming back and getting involved in the team.
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Jack Wilshere will miss the next three months of action due undergoing surgery on his left fibula.
The Arsenal midfielder suffered the injury in August and will be operated on in London later in the week.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will require surgery on a hairline fracture in his left leg and is set for several weeks of rehabilitation, Press Association Sport understands.
Manager Arsene Wenger last week confirmed the England international had suffered a "little setback" in his scheduled recovery from the injury sustained in pre-season.
It is understood following further medical examinations, the decision has now been taken that an operation is needed to properly correct the problem and is likely to take place in the next few days.
The news will come as a blow to both the player, who has battled through a string of fitness issues in recent seasons, and club, with forward Danny Welbeck also set for an extended spell on the sidelines until at least Christmas following knee surgery.
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Jack Wilshere will miss the start of the new season after suffering a hairline fracture in his ankle.
The Arsenal midfielder is set to be out for between six and eight weeks with the injury.