England manager Roy Hodgson has played down any fears of Jack Wilshere’s exclusion from England’s World Cup traveling squad this summer, claiming he will not be basing his decision on whether or not he features for Arsenal again this season.
The England international is currently recovering from a foot injury after fracturing a bone back in early March during his country’s friendly win over Denmark. Daniel Agger hammered the Arsenal star in a tackle early on in proceedings but he played on – and consequently faced a two month spell on the sidelines.
He is back in training, but with Arsene Wenger blessed with a number of midfield options he is in no rush to push Wilshere ahead of schedule especially with the World Cup on the horizon.
Hodgson reportedly said:
Wilshere has been training with the others at Arsenal and, while he is not being thrown back into the fray, he is there. He has been training with the team, as far as I know, for a while.
I am not prepared to have a 100 per cent rule that you either play in the last game of the season or you don’t go — I am not prepared to do that.
I have spoken to Arsene and they have been holding him back because they don’t want to push him too early.
The news will be welcomed by Wilshere who no doubt has grown frustrated with his latest of a long line of injuries. He has been instrumental in some of England’s qualification wins and remains the backbone of the Three Lions midfield.
With Aaron Ramsey occupying Wilshere’s preferred box-to-box role there is certainly no rush to bring him back, however no doubt he will want to be involved with an FA Cup final on the horizon this month.
The Gunners may have fourth wrapped up come Saturday afternoon should Everton lose so he may have the chance to gain some match fitness on Arsenal’s remaining match in over a weeks time.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also expected to make the flight to Brazil despite his groin problem and could be inline to make the trip to Wembley.