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However, Wilshere returned to match action to feature in the Gunners' final game of the season and the FA Cup final victory over Hull City on May 17 - and Hodgson has thanked Wenger for his handling of the situation.
"I was never worried about Jack," he told reporters.
"He's paid tribute to Arsene Wenger in the week, and I would also like to pay my tribute there.
"Arsene is a well balanced and intelligent coach and he realises that to Jack this World Cup represents an opportunity, something which Jack really wanted to do.
"I think he has nursed him well so he is in peak form for World Cup.
"He could have thrown him in a week or two earlier but he was very sensible as far as Jack was concerned."