Arsene Wenger had a chat with the England manager Roy Hodgson and thought that they had agreed to let Jack Wilshere work his way back to full fitness with Arsenal before he was reintroduced into the England set up. Either Wenger’s grasp of the English language is worse than we thought, or Roy Hodgson just decided to completely disregard what the Frenchman said.
Wilshere has been included in the England squad to travel to Sweden for a friendly next Wednesday. What is Hodgson thinking? Jack has not completed a game in the Premier league yet, and he has been out of action for well over a year.
Maybe, if this was a crucial game for England, you could understand, but it is a meaningless friendly. If Wilshere picks up any sort of knock during the game, then the relationship between Wenger and Hodgson will be decidedly frosty. Wenger probably feels foolish already, after suggesting that the two had an understanding.
Wenger got into a war of words with the French manager, Didier Deschamps, recently after suggesting that it might be a good idea to go easy on Abou Diaby. Theo Walcott was recently sidelined after an England game, so anything can happen.
Walcott has been included in the squad but his Arsenal team mates, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson, have not, despite the Ox being fit again and Hodgson all but promising Jenkinson his first call up. The right back was called to train with England before the recent World Cup qualifying games but an error with the paperwork meant that he could not be in the squad.
Jenkinson was persuaded to choose England over Finland and led to believe that he would be in this squad now that the paperwork has been completed. For Roy’s next piece of diplomacy, he will wipe his arse with an Arsenal shirt.