Hodgson admits England hopes rely on Arsenal ace Wilshere

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

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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