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Why Jack Wilshere should not go to the World Cup

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England's 1-0 friendly victory against Denmark was uneventful to say the least and probably threw up more questions than answers for Roy Hodgson after the 90 minutes ended.

However, one issue that will have caused Hodgson a major headache is another injury for Arsenal's midfielder Jack Wilshere. The injury-prone star must have a serious question mark hanging over his immediate international future, particularly with the World Cup only a matter of months away.

Wilshere suffered an injury after a challenge with Denmark defender Daniel Agger in the first half of Wednesday's friendly clash.

Despite bravely playing on, the challenge left Wilshere with a hairline fracture to his navicular bone in his left foot and leaves him sidelined for around six weeks, which will mean he will miss some crucial games for Arsenal and, with games running out in the season, Wilshere has very few competitive games in which he can impress Hodgson.

He is unlikely to be back in action for approximately eight weeks according to Arsene Wenger.

With Wilshere sidelined other players could further their claims for a World Cup squad place and leapfrog the injury prone star in the pecking order.

Do the likes of Ross Barkley and Adam Lallana offer more to the England midfield?

The problem for Wilshere is the fact that he is so prone to injury and in tournament football Hodgson will want reliable players in his squad who are quick to recover as games come thick and fast.

Arsenal have tried to protect the youngster over the last couple of years particularly since the stress fracture of the ankle that ruled him out of the 2011-12 season and forced him to miss the Euros at the end of that season.

As well as being injury prone Wilshere has had some disciplinary problems, not least during the 6-3 defeat to Manchester City in December.

He was caught on camera allegedly making an obscene hand gesture to City supporters which resulted in a two game ban.

Hodgson will need players he can trust on and off the pitch as they will be under scrutiny from a media that will be quick to pounce on any indiscipline.

Will Wilshere be a risk for Hodgson or is he a risk that he is willing to take and should take?

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