Arsenal angered by Wilshere’s double England appearance

Arsenal have been angered by the decision of England manager Roy Hodgson to give Jack Wilshere two appearances during the recent internationals, rather than the one requested by Arsene Wenger, after Wilshere returned to his club with an ankle injury, the Daily Mail has reported.

Wilshere played 71 minutes of the 2-0 defeat by Chile on Friday evening and was then introduced as a substitute in the 1-0 loss to Germany, playing the final half hour of the match and taking a blow to his ankle in the process.

The Mail claims England and Arsenal are routinely at odds over the handling of Wilshere’s fitness, citing examples dating back to Wilshere’s proposed involvement in the 2011 European Under-21 Championships. Wilshere did miss the tournament and has a history of ankle problems, including missing almost 18 months of football because of a long-standing injury. The period took in the entirety of the 2011-12 season.

Wilshere has 14 England caps to his name, having made his senior debut in 2010. He has made more than 100 appearances for Arsenal despite the lengthy absence, and this season has 16 games and two goals to his name for Wenger’s side.

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