Jack Wilshere feels his injured ankle could be a blessing in disguise come next summer.
The 19-year old Arsenal midfielder is currently sidelined until February after having surgery on the problem he sustained in pre-season but he is putting a positive spin on it as he should be fresh for the England team just in time for European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.
"Everyone says that the players always look dead for England in the summer but I should be fresh if I come back strongly and I get picked," Wilshere told the Evening Standard.
"It feels a long way off for me at the moment because I'm walking around on crutches.
"It'll drive me crazy but what keeps you going is the thought that you will be back on the pitch again."
And Wilshere added that past problems with his ankles means he will have to look after the area with more vigilance.
"I think I got a hairline fracture on my ankle when I was 16 in a youth team game,” he added.
"I let it heal on its own. I later found out there was still a facture there that I had been playing on.
"I'll have to work on my ankles now because they are very flexible. The fitness team at Arsenal will sort me out with special exercises that I'll have to do from now on."