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Jack Wilshere wants more games at Arsenal, says Roy Hodgson

Wilshere in action against Chile (©GettyImages)
Wilshere in action against Chile (©GettyImages).

England boss Roy Hodgson has revealed that Jack Wilshere is growing frustrated with his lack of game time at Arsenal.

The midfielder faces increased competition competition for a starting spot at the Emirates Stadium this season following the arrival of Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Flamini.

The 21-year-old, who is also struggling to shake off an ankle knock, has started seven Premier League games so far this term, on occasion out of position on the wing.

Hodgson, speaking ahead of England’s fixture against Germany on Tuesday which Wilshere is expected to sit out, says the Arsenal man is pining for more regular club action ahead of the World Cup next year.

‘One thing Jack has mentioned 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,’ the Three Lions boss said.

‘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.

Wilshere missed 18 months between 2010 and 2012 thanks to a series of injuries that started off while playing for England against Switzerland.

That has restricted him to just 13 caps for his country to date - the latest coming in Friday’s 2-0 defeat against Chile on Friday, and Hodgson says he is willing to be patient with the Arsenal midfielder until he gets back to his best.

‘It’s going to take Jack some time,’ he said. ‘He admits that, as does Arsene.

‘I thought he did some very good things in the game so I wasn’t disappointed with him.

‘I was pleased we got 65 minutes out of him and I hope that will do him well for the future.’

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