Arsene Wenger believes England are placing too much pressure on Jack Wilshere and says the Arsenal midfielder cannot carry the country's hopes alone.

Roy Hodgson was left to rue Wilshere's absence with an ankle injury once again as England were held to a 1-1 draw in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Montenegro.

The 21-year-old is regarded as England's brightest prospect despite only earning seven caps.

His latest outing in last month's friendly win over Brazil raised expectations over his ability to help bridge the gap between England and the world's best sides, but Wenger sought to play down any such thoughts after confirming Wilshere will remain sidelined for another two weeks.

Wenger told reporters: "The country doesn't depend on one player, no matter how good he is.

"I believe what is the quality of a country is the number of good players they have.

"Jack is a fantastic player but it would be too much pressure on him to say England's future depends on him."

Wenger also suggested Spain hold an advantage as they have so many players from just two clubs (Real Madrid and Barcelona). 

He continued by saying: "The other night David Silva didn't play for Spain in France and on the bench you had Juan Mata, Santi Cazorla, Cesc Fabregas and that is what you want to see from big football countries ,that it doesn't depend on one player.

"What people forget about Spain and what they do not talk enough about is, the big advantage of a good National team is when it is based on two (club) teams.

"In the starting line - up of Spain, many times you have seven players from Barcelona, three or four from Real Madrid. The other night Nacho Monreal was the only player who was not from Barcelona or Real Madrid.

"That is a massive advantage when you go into a game like that, because you can play like a Club team.

"One of the advantages of Spain is their National team are built on two Clubs. If we can have four, five,or six England players at one Club, it will become a massive advantage for England."

Wilshere will miss Saturday's Premier League game at home to Reading and next weekend's trip to West Bromwich Albion but could return to face Norwich City on April 13th.

The Arsenal boss finished by saying: "We deferred a little bit his rehab by one - week.

"We gave him more rest because it was wise medically to do it.

"We will rest him when needed.He has regular scans and as soon as we have an alert we will respect it no matter what is at stake."


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