Roy Hodgson defends form of Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere

England boss Roy Hodgson leaps to the defence of Jack Wilshere over the Arsenal midfielder's current form

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

Roy Hodgson has leapt to the defence of Jack Wilshere over the Arsenal midfielder’s current form.

The 21-year-old has been accused of suffering a dip in form in recent weeks after being deployed on the wing by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Wilshere improved on a disappointing first-half display by netting his side’s equaliser as Arsenal sealed a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

And England boss Hodgson has defended the Arsenal youngster following his comments about who should be eligible to play for the Three Lions.

“We expect so much from Jack,” said Hodgson. “When someone comes onto the scene who’s an incredible talent you expect so much that every time they fall below the standards you’ve seen the alarm bells start.

“He’s been in good form. The unfortunate furore over his quotes have not affected him.

“I think his comments were if not misunderstood they were translated in a way people wanted to translate them.

“We’re forever complaining that players don’t have an opinion so it’s quite wrong when a player gives an opinion to criticise it.

“The subject matter is worthy of debate and it’s something Greg Dyke and his commission will look into.

“It hasn’t affected Jack. He’s shrugged it off. He was asked an opinion he gave an opinion – some people liked it some people haven’t.”

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