England call-up might be 'a bit too soon', says Arsenal’s Wilshere

The 20-year-old admitted his surprise at Roy Hodgson's selection, but insists he will take great confidence from his place in the squad to travel to Sweden next week
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has expressed surprise at his recent England call-up to face Sweden.

Wilshere has only recently returned from 15 months out injured and has appeared just three times for the Gunners so far this season.

Goal.com understand that the midfielder is set to start against the Swedes, and the 20-year-old says he can only benefit from the call-up.

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"Maybe it is a bit too soon to be called up,” Wilshere told BBC Sport.

"But it is great for my head and my confidence to know I am in the new manager's plans.

"To know the manager has picked me and is looking at me as part of the team is good for me. It is a new chapter in my footballing career."

Wilshere’s last game for England was a 2-2 draw with Switzerland in June last year and the talented midfielder is wary of the changes in the England set-up that have taken place since.

He said: "Last time I played for England was under Fabio Capello and now there is a new manager so I don't know the thinking of their new tactics. Would I fit in their plans?

"It is [the media's] job to build me up. That is part and parcel of the game.

"Now, I think England are lucky with the players coming through, look at Tom Cleverley and players like that.

“They are natural ball players who can compete with the best players in in the world when it comes to technical ability."