Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Roy Hodgson is still very keen to take Jack Wilshere to Brazil but stressed that Arsenal are keen to ensure he’s fully recovered from his fractured foot before giving him any game time before the end of the season.
Last week the boss stated that the 22-year-old would be ‘polished’ in time for World Cup duty but having not featured for club or country since the beginning of March time is running out for him to garner much needed competitive playing time.
“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 press on Friday.
“We want to do the basic work on his stamina so he can support the demands of the Premier League and the World Cup. This time we will take the needed time to build the basic fitness up on a very strong level.”
Roy Hodgson is expected to name his provisional 30-man squad – including seven standby players – shortly after the Premier League’s conclusion.
The list is then due to be cut to 23 for the start of June, two weeks before FIFA’s showpiece tournament kicks-off.
“I have spoken to Roy about that and Roy looks to be very keen to take him,” the Arsenal boss said. I just reassured him that normally he would be fit if we don’t have any setbacks with him.”
Wilshere won’t play a part against Newcastle on Monday night and seems unlikely to be ready for the visit of West Brom next Sunday leaving only the last league game of the season at Norwich and the FA Cup final for him to feature in for Arsenal. You’d be surprised if he completed 90 minutes in either really.
There’s then a further 28 day gap before England play Italy in their opening group game with three friendly games scheduled in between. The Three Lions take on Peru at Wembley on 30 May before travelling to Miami where they take on Ecuador and Honduras.