Wenger believes Wilshere should be fit for the World Cup
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger does not feel it would be a gamble for England boss Roy Hodgson to take Jack Wilshere to the World Cup - provided the midfielder is "completely fit".
Wilshere is closing in on a return from the fractured foot suffered while on international duty in the friendly against Denmark on March 5.
The combative midfielder had originally been expected to be in contention for this weekend's Barclays Premier League game against West Brom, but now the final match at Norwich looks an outside possibility at best ahead of the FA Cup final on May 17.
Hodgson indicated he would have no qualms about naming Wilshere in his 30-man squad, and given England have three warm-up matches and a training camp, he feels the 22-year-old will have enough time to get himself in shape ahead of the Group D opener against Italy in Manaus on June 14.
"It is not a gamble if he is completely fit. It is a strengthening of the (England) team," said Wenger.
"If there was a medical doubt then yes it would be a gamble, but I think he will be completely safe and on that front medically he should be all right."
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is another Arsenal player hoping to be on the England jet to Brazil.
The midfielder missed Monday night's 3-0 win over Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium because of a niggling groin problem, and Wenger maintains his return will not be rushed.
"Chamberlain at the moment has an inflamed groin. We will see how he progresses," Wenger said.
"For the World Cup he should be okay, for us, will he come back for the end of the season? I don't know."