Hodgson disappointed by Wilshere’s England absence

Roy Hodgson has admitted he is disappointed with the absence of Jack Wilshere from the England squad to play World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro, ESPN has reported, after the Arsenal midfielder was ruled out through injury.

Wilshere is struggling with an ankle problem and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger made the call for Wilshere to sit out the next few weeks of action to prevent the injury deteriorating further. Wilshere previously missed almost 18 months of football with a long-standing injury to the other ankle, not the one troubling him at the moment.

Hodgson said: “It’s a blow. It’s disappointing for Jack, he had enjoyed a good spell of playing regularly after such a long lay-off. He did so well in a cameo appearance against Sweden and then against Brazil he was man of the match.

So to find we can’t use him again is a major blow but these things happen, injuries occur in football. We still have a strong squad.

Wilshere starred in England’s last fixture, a 2-1 friendly win over World Cup 2014 hosts Brazil at Wembley. Goals from Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard cancelled out Fred’s strike for the visitors, but it was Wilshere who received most of the plaudits after full-time.

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