Arsene Wenger backs Jack Wilshere for England


Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal teenager Jack Wilshere is good enough to break in to the England set-up this season.

The 18-year-old could feature in England's friendly against Hungary next week after impressing in the weekend Emirates Cup encounters with AC Milan and Celtic.

Reports also suggest Fabio Capello is keen to use Wilshere in the forthcoming European Championship qualifying campaign.

Wenger will not let Wilshere return to Bolton Wanderers, where he enjoyed a successful loan spell last term, as he believes he is good enough to be a first-team regular at the Emirates Stadium this season.

He said:"Theo Walcott was at the World Cup at 17 years of age. He had not played one game in the Premier League, and it didn't kill him.

"In 2012, Jack will be 20, so why not? You cannot rule it out, but it is down to performances.

"I believe Jack is stronger than last year, physically, and the few months he played at Bolton have given him something. He will be used at the club, of course.

"The problem at that age is to be patient, but you don't have patience. If you look at the number of good players we have in midfield, nobody can guarantee a position to anybody."

Wilshere has featured in 15 first-team games for the Gunners and played 14 matches during his loan spell at the Reebok Stadium last term.

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