Jack Wilshere axed from England starting XI - reports

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Jack Wilshere's is set to miss out on a starting XI spot for England's game against Montenegro tonight, according to the Daily Star.

The Arsenal starlet's week of woe looks to have taken another turn for the worst, with Roy Hodgson set to leave him out of the starting lineup rather than allow him to partner Steven Gerrard in centre midfield.

Wilshere has made the headlines for the wrong reasons for the majority of this week, firstly with pictures appearing wherein he was smoking a cigarette outside a nightclub and then being caught up in a debate over international eligibility, when he supposedly claimed that player's born outside of the country shouldn't be allowed to take to the field for England.

However it is believed that Hodgson's choice to omit him from the starting squad tonight is not a reflection of either of these points, but rather on the back of his performances for Arsenal so far this year and whilst training with the national squad.

The Three Lions boss hinted at Wilshere having potential problems this week.

"His performances in training have been fine. We expect so much from Jack and it can be a slight problem for him."

He then admitted to having had numerous selection headaches ahead of picking his starting lineup, but it is thought he is going to opt for experience rather than flair and put the tried and tested duo of Gerrard and Lampard back into action.

"It's one of the hardest selection weeks," said Hodgson.

"I have had to give it a lot of thought, but it's clear in my head. I fear I will break hearts."

The England boss clearly feels that whatever squad he chooses, they will be ready to deliver at Wembley.

He went on to say: "I have every reason to trust them. The players will not shirk their responsibility. I'm confident we'll do it."

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