Wilshere will only play 45 minutes on England return after Wenger talks

The Arsenal boss only sanctioned the midfielder's international comeback after his red card at Old Trafford ruled him out of the Gunners' clash with Fulham this weekend
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Jack Wilshere has an agreement with England that he will play just the opening half against Sweden next week, Goal.com has learned.

The midfielder has been propelled straight back into the international arena 12 days after his return to the Arsenal team.

However, Goal.com understands that Wilshere has an agreement with England boss Roy Hodgson that he will start in Stockholm next Wednesday but only feature for the first 45 minutes.

Wilshere is believed to have spoken by phone with the England boss before the 20-year-old was named in a 23-man England squad mainly featuring a mixture of inexperienced youngsters and a core of senior players.

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Wilshere’s selection comes following a U-turn from Arsene Wenger, who had initially cautioned against his prize asset returning to the international fold so soon after his Arsenal comeback.

"It is a friendly, Jack should skip that," Wenger said after Wilshere shined upon his Gunners return against QPR at the end of last month. "What is important now is that he gets back to full fitness for this team."

But Wenger changed his mind after the 20-year-old was sent off in the 2-1 defeat at Manchester United last weekend, picking up subsequent a one-match suspension that rules him out of Arsenal’s Premier League home match against Fulham on Saturday.

The Frenchman said he was happy for Wilshere to build up his match fitness early in his comeback but wanted to limit his involvement ahead of the north London derby the following Saturday, which is a lunchtime kick-off.

Wilshere has been pencilled in to start by Hodgson in what will be his sixth appearance for England and his first since the friendly against Switzerland in June 2011.