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England coach Hodgson willing to leave Arsenal's Wilshere out of friendly action

England coach Roy Hodgson won't risk Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere's fitness for the sake of meaningless friendlies.

Hodgson would consider leaving Wilshere out of his plans for the summer friendly against Brazil if he feels closer to the time that it is in the player's long-term best interests.

He said: "You are asking me questions about the summer. At the moment, that (friendly) is a much lower priority than these two (qualifying) games.

"Who knows what the situation will be in the summer with players, but when it comes to the friendlies, I'm much more prepared to take in the wishes of clubs and to even give chances to other players.

"I think it is important when it comes to the qualifiers, the Manchester Uniteds, Liverpools, Chelseas, Arsenals, Tottenhams, I need them to be supporting England by releasing their players.

"If, for example, it was suggested Wilshere would be ill-advised to travel to Brazil, I would take that on board when the situation arises.

"But I've got no reason to believe that at the moment."

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