Jack Wilshere gets England call despite fitness fears

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England manager Roy Hodgson has ignored the concerns of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and called up midfielder Jack Wilshere for the friendly against Scotland.

According to the Evening Standard, the Gunners boss was worried about releasing Wilshere so close to the opening game of the season.

England’s clash with their old rivals takes place on August 14th, just three days before Arsenal host Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium.

The Evening Standard report claims Wilshere was under the impression last night that he would not be playing in the friendly as Wenger did not want to release him.

It also claims that the Arsenal chief spoke with Hodgson to express his concern over using Wilshere, but the former Fulham manager insisted he had not made any agreements with any managers.

However, he explained he was aware about the workload of certain players that are recovering from injury and would take individual cases into consideration.

“I am very much aware that I don’t want to damage players and there are quite a few of them who haven’t played a lot football in pre-season or are maybe coming back from injury,” he said.

“It is certainly incumbent upon me to take those things into consideration but nobody has held a gun to my head and said, ‘We are happy for him to go but we only want him to play for so long’.”

Hodgson also reminded Arsenal that they were not the only club to have such concerns, as a number of other players in the 25-man squad in the same boat.

“I am very much aware that there are quite a few players that there are a few players we need to be careful with, not just because the Premier League starts but because our main fixtures are a few weeks after that,” he added.

“Jack is one of those players, Ashley Young another one as well as Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard.

“I am going to speak to [Everton manager] Roberto Martinez about Leighton Baines. That is why the squad is quite big. But we’ve selected a squad that we want going into the autumn.”

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