Hodgson given the all-clear by Arsenal to pick Wilshere for England

Jack Wilshere is set to make his second England start in more than two years after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger conferred with his England counterpart Roy Hodgson and agreed the midfielder is fit enough for the rigours of international football, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Wilshere has made only seven appearances for the national team since his debut in August 2010, with his start in the February friendly against Brazil the first since June 2011 – and Wilshere is expected to make a second start against Scotland on Wednesday, the newspaper claims.

Wenger revealed that he has taken extensive precautions with Wilshere in pre-season but has no qualms about him featuring for England – but did suggest Wilshere should take it easy as Arsenal have a number of difficult games to come early in the new season. “Jack will go away with England with our blessing. But then we have have some big occasions in front of us, with Aston Villa and also the Champions League,” Wenger said.

And Hodgson confirmed he would not push Wilshere too hard. He said: “I’m happy that he’s fit and with us. We know he’s not going to play for 90 minutes. Arsene knows we’re as anxious to protect the health and fitness of the player as he is.

I don’t want to damage players and there are quite a few of them who haven’t really played a lot football in the pre-season or are maybe coming back from injury,” Hodgson added.

It is certainly incumbent upon me to take those things into consideration but the feedback from all the managers has been good. They understand the importance of the autumn for all their players, not just the England ones.

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