Wenger warns Hodgson against calling Wilshere up for England after injury comeback

The 20-year-old returned to action after nearly 17 months on Saturday, but his domestic boss feels the midfielder should focus on recovering rather than international duty

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned Roy Hodgson against recalling Jack Wilshere to the England squad for the upcoming friendly against Sweden, following the midfielder’s long-awaiting return from injury on Saturday.

The 20-year-old managed 67 minutes in the 1-0 win over QPR, which marked his first competitive start for the Gunners in 17 months.

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And there has already been talk of the five-time international returning to the Three Lions squad to face Erik Hamren’s side on November 14, but Wenger advised focus on his recovery rather than an immediate return to England duty.

"It is a friendly. Jack should skip that," he told Sky Sports.

"What is important now is that he gets back to full fitness for this team. Once he is back he will play for England again, but if it is a friendly.

"I will have a little word of course. Anyway, Roy will call me about him.

"I am an understanding manager. If it is a friendly, a full game would be too much at the moment. I will speak about it with Roy, but what is important now is that he gets back to his level."