Roy Hodgson: Jack Wilshere needs regular football at Arsenal

England boss Roy Hodgson feels Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere needs regular first-team football ahead of the World Cup

Jack Wilshere
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere Photo: Nike

Roy Hodgson feels Jack Wilshere needs a regular run in the Arsenal first-team to ensure the midfielder hits top form ahead of the World Cup.

The 21-year-old was unable to help England avoid a 2-0 loss to Chile at Wembley on Friday night as the Arsenal playmaker started his first game this month for club and country.

Wilshere has struggled with injuries and form since the start of the season and the Gunners midfielder has finished just eight games of Arsenal’s 19 outings in all competitions this term.

“One thing Jack has mentioned (to me) recently has been that he has had a lack of 90-minute match practice and he obviously feels that he needs a few more games under his belt,” said Hodgson.

“But there will be 28 games that he can possibly play before we go to Brazil so it’s not something that bothers me enormously in November.

“That question could be a relevant one at the end of April or the start of May if he is still not playing games, but at the moment, I am just happy to accept that.”

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