Arsenal star offered surprise World Cup assurances

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Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has been assured he will make England's World Cup squad this summer even if he doesn't play another minute of this season for the Gunners, according to the Daily Mail.

Wilshere broke a bone in his foot in England's friendly against Denmark on March 5th and has been out of action ever since, missing Arsenal's last seven Premier League games and a successful run to the club's first FA Cup final since 2005.

England boss Roy Hodgson is waiting anxiously for fitness updates concerning a number of key stars, but has revealed that Wilshere is back in full training with Arsenal and looks increasingly likely to be fit and ready to star in Brazil this summer.

Hodgson said: "Wilshere has been training with the others at Arsenal and, while he is not being thrown back into the fray, he is there. He has been training with the team, as far as I know, for a while.

"I am not prepared to have a 100 per cent rule that you either play in the last game of the season or you don’t go — I am not prepared to do that.

"I have spoken to Arsene and they have been holding him back because they don’t want to push him too early."

The 22-year-old is closing on a return to first-team action and could be included in Arsene Wenger's squad for this Sunday's clash with West Bromwich Albion, Arsenal's final home game of the season.

Up until that fateful clash with Daniel Agger against Denmark the Arsenal star had enjoyed a relatively injury-free campaign by his own standards, clocking up 33 appearances in all competitions.

Hodgson may be willing to wait for Wilshere but the midfield maestro will be desperate to feature before the close of the campaign, particularly with the FA Cup final against Hull City looming large on May 17th.

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