Wilshere should be fit for England duty despite illness, Wenger confirms

The Gunners midfielder joins a host of potential absentees following Sunday's matches, with Glen Johnson, Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones and Daniel Sturridge all on the treatment table
Jack Wilshere should be fit for England duty despite being withdrawn from Arsenal's 1-0 win over Tottenham before half-time, according to Arsene Wenger.

Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson faces something of an injury crisis ahead of clashes against Moldova on September 6 and Ukraine four days later as his side look to strengthen their chances of reaching next summer's showpiece in Brazil.

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Wilshere was replaced by Mathieu Flamini after just 44 minutes at the Emirates Stadium, and his manager revealed it was due to illness rather than a recurrence of a long-standing ankle injury.

"He has a stomach bug but nothing to stop him joining up with England," the Frenchman told reporters.

Hodgson was present at Anfield to see both Phil Jones and Glen Johnson withdraw from Liverpool's 1-0 win over Manchester United with injury earlier on Sunday, a match Wayne Rooney missed thanks to a head wound.

The United striker has been ruled out for around three weeks after colliding with Jones in training on Saturday.

Daniel Sturridge, who scored Liverpool's winner, also admitted that he is struggling with a thigh injury but hopes to be fit to join up with the national team.

England currently sit second in Uefa qualifying Group H, two points behind Montenegro but with a game in hand. Montenegro face a tricky trip to Poland on Friday as Hodgson's men meet Moldova.

The Three Lions then host both Montenegro and Poland at Wembley in the final two qualifying fixtures on October 11 and 15 respectively.