Arsene Wenger has promised Roy Hodgson that Jack Wilshere will be fit for the World Cup and believes the midfielder has continued to develop as a player despite another injury-blighted season.
The 22-year-old hasn’t featured for club or country since fracturing his foot on international duty against Denmark at the beginning of March and with only five games of the domestic season left faces a race against time to get competitive minutes under his belt before England travel to Brazil in June.
“I spoke to Roy Hodgson and I told him that Wilshere will be available for England,” Wenger told his pre-Hull City press conference. “He will be just polished for England. Jack can be the positive surprise.”
Having endured a series of serious injuries since making his Gunners debut as a 16-year-old many critics have started to question whether Wilshere can deliver on his early promise.
Insisting that his protégé can cope with the pressure and flourish when he returns to the pitch, Wenger continued: “It is the most difficult thing in the world to deal with. You need to be competitive which is to always be in competition.
“Jack has been in and out this year, but I think they have sorted out the problem now. I hope from now on he will always be available.
“Jack is a football man. He is the kind of guy who if you speak to him about anything, he has a natural football understanding.
“He watches the game and he analyses very well what is going on, and on that front he has learnt when he has been injured, from watching the games and from the problems you can face in the game.”