2020 Gers-linked ex-England int'l considering retirement aged 29 amid fruitless club search
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2020 Rangers-linked ex-England international considering retirement aged 29

Formerly Rangers-linked midfielder Jack Wilshere is considering retiring from football aged just 29 due to his inability to find a suitable new club.

Wilshere was first linked with a move to Rangers in October 2020 following his exit from West Ham [talkSPORT] and rumours persisted for some time as he continued his search for a new challenge.

Rangers were linked with 29-year-old Jack Wilshere after he left West Ham in search of more regular playing time. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The 34-cap England international didn’t end up at Ibrox, though, instead signing for Bournemouth in January on a short-term deal.

He managed 17 appearances for the Cherries and delivered the odd strong performance whilst staying largely injury-free.

However, he wasn’t able to nail down a spot in the starting XI and was ultimately released at the end of the season.

Fast forward several months and Wilshere is still without a club, a situation he admits has led to him consider hanging up his boots.

In an interview with The Athletic, he admits that he is ‘concerned’ about his future and that he has spoken to his wife about whether or not it’s time for him to retire and launch a coaching career.

Wilshere speaks at length about difficult questions posed by his children regarding his free-agent status, although he does express a desire to play overseas and insists he still has the hunger to keep going.

Wilshere has been unable to find a new challenge after being released by Bournemouth. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

It’s a remarkable turn of events for Wilshere, with injuries ruining what had been an extremely promising start to his career.

When at his best, he was shining for Arsenal in the Champions League and racking up England caps, but despite still being a good age, those heights now look a long way away.

Rangers fans were split when initial links to the midfielder emerged last year, but given the unspectacular nature of his subsequent stint at Bournemouth and current struggles to find a new club, it looks like the Light Blues made the right call in opting against moving for him.

A former Rangers player who was once labelled the ‘brightest young prospect in Scotland’ is also currently without a club, aged 27.

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