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England boss full of praise for Arsenal stars

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England boss Roy Hodgson has heaped praise on Arsenal duo Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott after their performances against Brazil at Wembley.

Hodgson's side ran out 2-1 winners over the five-time World Champions thanks to goals from Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard.

And after the game, Hodgson was full of praise for the contributions of Wilshere and Walcott. The England boss attempted to deflect some of the pressure building on Wilshere before the match, but Hodgson admitted he needn't have bothered - so good was the midfielder's performance.

"If he can keep up that level of performance, he will soon justify all the expectations and hopes because he was very, very good," said Hodgson on ESPN's website.

And the Three Lions boss was equally enthusiastic about the performance of Wilshere's teammate Theo Walcott.

"So was Theo Walcott," continued Hodgson. "He terrorised the left side of their defence, was involved in the first goal and there were so many other occasions when he was within a hair's breadth of scoring or creating a chance."

Wilshere picked up the man-of-the-match award for his impressive display in the middle of the England midfield. It was the Arsenal man's first England start since returning from his 17-month injury lay-off, and he demonstrated his importance to the set-up with a commanding, composed display.

Walcott has enjoyed an impressive goalscoring season at the Emirates Stadium so far, and although he was stationed on the right wing for England last night, the former-Southampton star put in a good shift - giving Brazil left-back Adriano a tough time with his direct running and pace.

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