England manager Roy Hodgson has denied reaching an agreement with his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger over Jack Wilshere’s involvement in the national team’s World Cup qualifiers, Sky
Wenger had previously said he hopes Wilshere is used sparingly as he is still recovering full fitness following his lengthy and well-documented injury lay-offs. Wilshere was not included for Arsenal’s Premier League win over Fulham last weekend, but he did play the full match of Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Fenerbahce in the Champions League qualification play-off.
It was tongue-in-cheek suggested by Wenger that Wilshere should be rested for England’s match with Moldova and used only for the more important Ukraine fixture, but Hodgson revealed he speaks often with Wenger and no serious concerns have been raised.
“I speak to Arsene quite regularly and he’s not said anything to me about it,” Hodgson said. “As far as I am concerned, he fully realises that Jack Wilshere is an integral and important part of the England team. We play four days apart and he expects him to play his part.”
England are currently second in Group H, two points behind Montenegro, who have played a game more. Moldova are England’s first opponents of the international dates, playing at Wembley on Friday, September 6, with England travelling to Kiev for a match the following Tuesday.
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