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Hodgson admits England hopes rely on Arsenal ace Wilshere

England coach Roy Hodgson admits Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere carries the hopes of the nation.

Wilshere has been a revelation for Arsenal since returning from long-term ­injury and Hodgson is looking forward to the ­midfielder having a similar impact for ­England.

After making a 28-minute substitute ­appearance in England's last game against Sweden, Wilshere is now ready to start against Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday night.

"Expectation is a testament to the fact Wilshere is just a very good football player," said Hodgson. "If you are a very good player, expectations are high.

"I watch him play and think, 'This is a very good footballer - if this man can produce this level of football, it's a great boon'.

"Wilshere has got the personality, the ­character and the quality to accept ­responsibility, to accept the pressure. I foresee a fantastic England career for him.

"From what I've seen on the field and the little time I have spent with Jack, I'm really looking forward to working with him and in years to come I'm pretty certain he does have the wherewithal to match expectations."

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