Jack Wilshere has stepped up another notch in his return to full fitness by completing 30 minutes for England in their 4-2 friendly loss to Sweden, while right back Carl Jenkinson has continued his meteoric rise to fame and won his first cap for England after receiving FIFA clearance earlier in the day.
Wilshere’s presence is something Hodgson has craved in the heart of his team and he certainly made an impression constantly drawing fouls from the Swedes with his tricky play and agility. The midfielder replaced United’s Cleverly on the hour mark.
Wenger stated his unhappiness at Wilshere’s call up so early on after featuring just three times for his senior side since his 14 month injury layoff, but luckily everything seemed to go to plan and he has come off injury-free. There is more positive news for Wenger with another of his prodigy’s starting to fulfill their potential already with Carl Jenkinson winning his first cap for his country.
The England-born, bought from Charlton in 2011, took advantage of Bacary Sagna’s absence at the tail end of last season and this campaign to cement a spot in the starting lineup prior to the Frenchman’s return. After a series of impressive performances the youngster has been rewarded for his hard work with a cap for Hodgson’s England side replacing Glen Johnson after 75 minutes.
Congratulations to the duo, it’s brilliant to see Wilshere back in the England frame already – it’s testament to the quality the midfielder possesses, and another milestone for the young Jenkinson to boast in his seemingly short top-level career. Also it’s hard to ignore Zlatan’s four goal hoal, amazing. Maybe Arsenal should buy him with all the excess money from Fabregas, Nasri, Song & Van Persie’s sales..