English Premiership

Wilshere on track for SWC

2014-04-20 16:28
Jack Wilshere (AFP)

London - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has expressed confidence that injured midfielder Jack Wilshere will recover in time to make a positive impact for England at the World Cup in Brazil.

"I spoke to (England manager) Roy Hodgson and I told him that Wilshere will be available for England," Wenger told several British Sunday newspapers. "He will be just polished for England."

Wilshere has been out of action since sustaining a hairline fracture of the foot during England's 1-0 win over Denmark in a friendly at Wembley on March 5.

Arsenal hope that the 22-year-old will return in time for the FA Cup final against Hull City on May 17, which would enable him to then link up with the England squad.

"He is starting to jog this week. I would think two to three weeks," Wenger added. "Jack can be the positive surprise (for England)."

England open their World Cup campaign with a game against Italy in Manaus on June 14.

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