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Arsenal midfielder can be key for England - Hodgson

Jack Wilshere, right, was instrumental in the win. Credit: PA

England manager Roy Hodgson is hoping Jack Wilshere can put his fitness issues behind him in order to be a key component in the national team.

The Arsenal midfielder showed his talents once again by scoring two in the victory over Slovenia on Sunday, which was a stunning way to end another season marred by injury.

I'm very happy with Jack and the goals he's scored.

In particular, I am happy with his performance. In the second half he was controlling that midfield, it was a performance we've seen from him for a while now.

If we can keep him fit and he can get plenty of Premier League matches and international matches, at his young age we think we've got a good player going forward.

– Roy Hodgson

Arsenal midfielder charged over FA Cup celebrations

Jack Wilshere spoke during a bus parade. Credit: PA

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been charged with misconduct following his foul-mouth tirade during his side's FA Cup celebrations.

Wilshere swore about rivals Spurs during a sing-a-long with fans in the middle of the club's open-top bus parade on Sunday.

The FA said in a statement: "It is alleged his conduct in making and/or inciting certain comments during the club’s open bus trophy tour was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute."


Wilshere: Arsenal making 'massive progression'

Wilshere believes second spot would represent "massive progress" Credit: PA

Jack Wilshere claims Arsenal finishing second in the Barclays Premier League would be evidence of a "massive progression" and will serve notice to their rivals that they will mount a serious title challenge next season.

Wilshere made his return to first-team action as a substitute in Monday's 3-1 win at Hull after five months out following an ankle operation, and said the Gunners were determined to secure the runners-up spot behind Chelsea.

The England midfielder told Arsenal's official website: "It [finishing second] would set a marker for next season and would be a progression from last year.

"The last few seasons we've finished fourth so to finish two places ahead of that would be a massive progression for us and hopefully will give us confidence going into next season."

Arsenal midfielder back for Liverpool clash

Jack Wilshere is used to being injured. Credit: PA

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be fit to face Liverpool on Saturday, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

The England midfielder played 45 minutes of a friendly against Brentford on Wednesday, his first action this suffering an injury against Manchester United. Although Wilshere is available, Wenger hasn't decided if he will use him, the Frenchman said: "I don't know whether he will be involved yet."

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