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Jack Wilshere trains ahead of Chile international

Roy Hodgson's squad were at Arsenal's training ground today ahead of their game against Chile. It's good news for midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has been carrying an ankle injury.

Forced to sit out training however, were England captain Steven Gerrard and defender Kyle Walker. They will miss Friday's international. Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is also injured.

Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere Credit: Press Association

Roy Hodgson's appearance at training was delayed by around 10 minutes, however, as he was having a chat with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who was already at the venue to train with the Gunners players who have not been called up for the internationals.


Arsenal without injured Jack Wilshere in Germany

Arsenal will be without England midfielder Jack Wilshere in Germany tomorrow as he recovers from an ankle injury.

Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere Credit: Press Association

Wilshere missed Arsenal's training session this morning but is expected to return for Sunday's Premier League match with Manchester United. Full-back Kieran Gibbs will also be sidelined for tomorrow's game against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League because of a hip injury.

Roy Hodgson defends Jack Wilshere over England row

Roy Hodgson has defended Jack Wilshere's comments over the England team, and is confident the controversy will not affect the Arsenal midfielder in England's final World Cup qualifiers.

England Manager, Roy Hodgson seen during the press conference today
England Manager, Roy Hodgson seen during the press conference today Credit: Press Association

The England Manager said:

"First of all I think his comments if not misunderstood were translated in a way people wanted to translate them. People are always complaining that players don't have an opinion or that they say nothing worth listening to so I don't think it's quite right to criticise someone for having an opinion.

"The subject matter is worthy of debate and, at the end of the day, it will be a policy decision taken by the FA. From my point of view, it hasn't affected Jack. I think he just shrugs it off."

England take on Montenegro at Wembley on Friday evening.


Pietersen and Wilshere disagree over foreign players row

England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has pressed Jack Wilshere on Twitter over his comments that only English people should be able to play for the national team.

Jack Wilshere said he believed only English people should play for the national side when questioned over Roy Hodgson's plans to convince Manchester United's teen sensation Adnan Januzaj to play for England.

In response, South African-born Pietersen tweeted:


.@jackwilshere -interested to know how you define foreigner...? Would that include me, Strauss, Trott, Prior, Justin Rose, Froome, Mo Farah?

Wilshere, 21, said his comments concerned football and not any other sport.


@kp24 With all due respect Mr Pietersen the question was about Football! Cricket, cycling, Athletics is not my field!

However, the England cricketer insisted the same principle applied whatever the discipline:


.@jackwilshere same difference.. It's about representing your country! IN ANY SPORT!



Which countries can Adnan Januzaj play for?

Manchester United teenager Adnan Januzaj has not yet decided which country he will represent at international level but the midfielder has several options.

Adnan Januzaj scored twice on his full Manchester United debut. Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Belgium: The teenager was born in Brussels and has previously turned down the chance to represent his country of birth.

Albania: He qualifies to play for Albania through his Kosovan-Albanian parents.

Serbia and Kosovo: Januzaj's parents are of Kosovan-Albanian descent, however, Kosovo's national teams are not members of UEFA or FIFA. Kosovo's independence is also not recognised by the United Nations, meaning he could play for Serbia.

Turkey: He qualifies to play for Turkey through his grandparents.

England: Januzaj is not yet eligible to play for Roy Hodgson's side. He would have to stay in England until 2018 in order to play for the Three Lions.

Read: Wilshere says only English players should play for England


Ex-FA chief: England should 'pick best players we can'


Former FA chairman David Bernstein on England eligibility, speaking to @bbc5live "I'd say we must play within rules... (1/2)


David Bernstein "...but if within rules players are eligible I'd be inclined to pick best players we can get. Other countries do that" (2/2)

Read: Wilshere says only English players should play for England


Wilshere: Only English players should play for England

Just days after England manager Roy Hodgson admitted he was keeping an eye on Manchester United's new teen sensation Adnan Januzaj, England midfielder Jack Wilshere said he believed only English people should be able to play for the national team.

Jack Wilshere said he believes only players born in England should be allowed to represent the country. Credit: Press Association

Wilshere said:"The only people who should play for England are English people.

"If you live in England for five years it doesn’t make you English. If I went to Spain and lived there for five years I’m not going to play for Spain."

Hodgson: Wilshere smoking is Arsenal's responsibility

England manager Roy Hodgson says he won't talk to Jack Wilshere about smoking and has backed him to play for his country:

I trust Arsene to deal with that situation. He will make it clear, I'm sure, to Jack what his responsibilities are. I've had no problems of that nature with Jack, so I don't need to involve myself in it.

Jack's an Arsenal player who also plays for England. If Arsene thinks it's also good for me to have a word with Jack I'll be more than happy to do so but, as far as I'm concerned, it's Arsenal's responsibility.

– Roy Hodgson
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