Monday, 28th April, 2014

Arsene Wenger admits that England manager Roy Hodgson is very keen to take Jack Wilshere to the World Cup, but has said that he is not going to rush the young midfielder back from injury.

Wilshere suffered a hairline fracture in his foot in England’s 1-0 win over Denmark at Wembley last month.

"I don't want to rush his fitness. If he wants to come back he needs to be fully fit, for that I believe it is very important that we don't rush him", Wenger told ITV.

"We want to do the basic work on his stamina so he can support the demands of the Premier League and the World Cup.”


Wenger admits that Hodgson wants to take Wilshere to the World Cup and the Frenchman feels that the young midfielder should be available for this summer’s tournament in Brazil.

"I have spoken to Roy about that and Roy looks to be very keen to take him.

"I just reassured him that normally he would be fit if we don't have any setbacks with him."

Since winning the World Cup in 1966 on home turf, England have made only one semi-final appearance in the competition, in Italy in 1990.

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