Arsene Wenger believes Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be ready for England duty this summer should Roy Hodgson opt to include the duo in his World Cup squad.
Both Gunners men have endured lengthy spells on the sidelines this season with Wilshere only making a return from a two-month lay-off yesterday at Norwich and Chamberlain still working his way back to fitness.
Despite their respective injury problems, the boss said yesterday evening that their comparative freshness could be useful by the time England play Italy in their opening game.
“Jack has been out for eight weeks now so it was good to have him back. It was important for him to play today. But the World Cup is not for another month so there is still plenty of time for him. But he has shown now that he is fit to play again so there is no problem about him being available for England.
“The news is also good for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. He should rejoin our squad later this week so he will also be available for Roy Hodgson to pick for England as well and I would certainly not be surprised if he was picked.
“And the good news for England is that the two players, Wilshere and Oxlade-Chamberlain, have definitely not been over played this season.”
Having watched his side beat Norwich 2-0 to end the Premier League season with a fifth consecutive victory, the boss also reserved a few words for Carl Jenkinson on the occasion of his first goal for the club.
“I’m happy for Carl because he’s a remarkable player and boy as well. He could share that with our fans so it’s great for him.”
On finishing fourth on 79 points, the highest total he’s achieved in six years, he concluded:
“It’s the first time in the Premier League that you finish fourth with 79 points and it was very tight. I believe that Liverpool can be frustrated tonight, we can be frustrated, Chelsea can be frustrated because only one team can win it. But at the top the number of points made by all the four teams is top quality.”