Arsene Wenger and Roy Hodgson reach Jack Wilshere compromise

Wenger, Hodgson reach Wilshere compromise
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Arsene Wenger claims that he and England boss Roy Hodgson have reached an agreement over the use of midfielder Jack Wilshere in next week's international friendly against Sweden.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has claimed that he and England manager Roy Hodgson have reached a compromise over the use of midfielder Jack Wilshere.

Wilshere was called into the England squad to face Sweden in a friendly next week despite having played just one full match since returning from a 17-month injury lay-off.

Wenger previously expressed his belief that it was too soon for an international return for Wilshere, but now claims that he and Hodgson have reached an agreement over his involvement - although he would still prefer him not to be involved at all.

"You know what I think with Jack, that it is early for him. I had Roy Hodgson on the phone, we found a good understanding and a good compromise," said Wenger.

"What helps is that he is not playing over the weekend because he is suspended, of course. He will have a little breather. Roy wants him in the group to connect the game with the players.

"The ideal solution would be yes [he wouldn't be involved]. But it is as it is. Jack has played three games now, and of the three games only one [has been a] full game. He has been out for 17 months. It is good to have a little break after three games. What we like of him is he won't play over the weekend, so will recover. I think he needs 10 days of good recovery."

Wilshere already has five caps for his country, although injury has meant that he hasn't played since June of last year.

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