Roy Hodgson desperate for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere to stay fit

England manager Roy Hodgson says he is desperate for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere to stay fit

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Jack Wilshere made 33 appearances for Arsenal last season Photo: Arsenal

Roy Hodgson says he is desperate for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere to stay injury free ahead of England’s crucial World Cup qualifiers.

The 22-year-old started alongside captain Steven Gerrard and Tom Cleverley as England secure an unconvincing 3-2 victory over Scotland in a friendly at Wembley on Wednesday night.

Wilshere’s progress at club and international level has been hampered over the past 12 months due to a reoccurring ankle injury, but Hodgson hopes the youngster’s fitness problems will be a thing of the past.

“He’s done ever so well to come back from the injury but what he needs now is to get these regular games,” Hodgson said.

“All I can hope for is he remains injury-free because he is an integral part of our plans.”

Hodgson also emphasised the importance of Wilshere to the national side ahead of England’s World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine next month.

“He’s very important to us,” he added.

“Jack has that ability to unlock doors with his incredible footwork and that fantastic change of pace.

“For a young man he has a very good understanding of the game.

“He was caught in possession once which led to a counter [attack], but we have to take responsibility for that.

“We are always preaching to players to be confident and bold. Sometimes you will pay the price.”

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