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Wenger softens stance over Wilshere's England call

ESPN staff
November 8, 2012

Arsene Wenger still has reservations over Jack Wilshere's international recall but says he has reached a compromise with England manager Roy Hodgson.

Wilshere has made just three appearances for Arsenal since returning from 17 months on the sidelines with an ankle problem, but has been called up to the England squad for their friendly against Sweden next week.

Wilshere is unavailable for Arsenal's match against Fulham this weekend following his red card against Manchester United on Sunday, but while Wenger admits he would rather Wilshere had the benefit of a week off, he says he has been given assurances by Hodgson.

"Ideally I think he would have needed a rest," Wenger told Sky Sports News. "I spoke to Roy Hodgson about that and we got to an agreement that he would join the group. It is a bit easier because he is suspended over the weekend so he has a bit of a rest before that."

While he will be nervously keeping an eye on the fitness of Wilshere, Wenger believes that Arsenal will only benefit from Carl Jenkinson's England call-up. The defender, who is also eligible to play for Finland, received his first invitation from Hodgson, subject to clearance from FIFA.

"I am happy that his potential has been acknowledged by Roy Hodgson, so that is good news," Wenger said. "Carl is a guy with massive potential and I believe the positive of that is it will improve his belief, and that is very important for him in my opinion."

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