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Arsenal star Jack Wilshere is the focus of a club versus country row after picking up an ankle injury during England's friendly defeat to Germany on Tuesday, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.
The midfielder was brought on from the bench at Wembley after Gunners manager Arsene Wenger had requested that Wilshere feature in only one of the two friendly matches against Chile and Germany, claims Cross.
Wilshere has also voiced a concern that he may lose his international place ahead of the 2014 World Cup, reports Simon Yeend of the Daily Express:
You have seen over the past couple of months the talent there is, even in the Under-21s. Ravel Morrison and all these players are coming through.
You are never guaranteed, and cannot rest on your laurels.
You are only as good as your last game, they say, so when the time comes, I have to be on top form, and there will be a lot of players looking to be as well.
Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard has called for realism over England's chances at the World Cup in Brazil next year, reports David Hytner of The Guardian:
We're not one of the favourites, we know that.
At the same time, you've got to go into the tournament with a bit of belief and confidence, and give it your best shot.
But, of course, there are better teams out there than us. You only need to look at the rankings and where we are.
I think these results will bring people a little bit down from where they were after Poland and Montenegro. There will be a bit of realism and perspective out there.