Arsene Wenger Tells England Not to Call Up Jack Wilshere

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2012

Jack Wilshere's recent return has got people excited.

The 20-year-old played his first senior match in 16 months against QPR. He performed admirably and reminded the football world what an exceptional talent he is.

Roy Hodgson didn't need reminding.

He has anticipated Wilshere's recovery for some time, indicating the midfielder could take part in England's friendly match against Sweden on November 14 (via The Telegraph).

While the England boss played down expectations over Wilshere's fitness, his excellent performance against QPR could heighten the appeal of a rushed international return.

Arsene Wenger continues to remain realistic about Wilshere's workload. He suggests the midfield starlet shouldn't be considered for his country's upcoming clash in Stockholm, as reported by Sky Sports:

It is a friendly. Jack should skip that.

What is important now is that he gets back to full fitness for this team. Once he is back he will play for England again, but if it is a friendly.

I will have a little word (with Hodgson) of course. Anyway, Roy will call me about him. I am an understanding manager. If it is a friendly, a full game would be too much at the moment.

I will speak about it with Roy, but what is important now is that he gets back to his level.

Wenger is absolutely right, but I doubt Hodgson would bother bringing Wilshere into his plans just yet.

Tom Cleverley has performed well in a similar role for England.

Both players share the ability to dictate with intricate passes and dribbling skills. Cleverley has become a regular starter at Manchester United and is destined to keep his international place until Wilshere plays a significant amount of games for his club.

Wilshere should aim to make his international comeback early next year.

England face Brazil on February 6 2013, providing the perfect opportunity for the Arsenal man to be welcomed back by the Wembley crowd.

For now, he understands both the public and press will heap pressure on his ability to perform (via The

The youngster's rehabilitation isn't over yet. Wenger must ensure he receives ample rest between appearances. A quality shift should be favoured over quantity.

It's great to see Arsenal's midfielder creating the right sort of headlines once more. With the likes of Wilshere and Cleverley coming through, Hodgson shouldn't be criticised for getting excited.