Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his players are becoming increasingly influential in Roy Hodgson's England squad.

Jack Wilshere put in a man of the match performance during England's 2-1 victory over Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday, and received widespread praise for his first-class performance.

Similarly, Theo Walcott had arguably one of his finest games in a Three Lions shirt, making light work of Brazilian full-back, Adriano.

As well as Walcott and Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was an unused substitute on the England bench, whilst Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs have both had call-ups to the England senior squad side in recent times.

And Wenger believes Arsenal can be very proud for the part they're playing in helping England develop world-class talent for the long-term.

"It shows that Arsenal contributes more and more to the England performances," said Wenger

"I'm very happy about that. I said many times that we have a core of British and English players who are at a top level, and Jack is of course one of them."

Wenger reserved special praise for Wilshere, and the French tactician is delighted with how the 21-year-old has responded since returning to the first-team fold following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

"I'm happy that he's continued to improve his performances and has such a big influence in the England team - that's fantastic. [His progress] is much quicker than I expected.

"I always thought that in February he would be back to his best. He was in front of my expectations, because since December his performances have taken off and in every game he's becoming more influential."


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