Hodgson defends Wilshere: I've tried shisha

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The Arsenal midfielder sparked controversy when pictured in a nightclub with a pipe in his hand but the England manager does not believe it is a big issue

England manager Roy Hodgson insists he is not bothered by the idea of Jack Wilshere smoking a shisha pipe and admits he has done the same himself.

The Arsenal midfielder once again found himself at the centre of a smoking controversy earlier this month when he was pictured in a nightclub with friends holding a shisha pipe.

Arsene Wenger warned Wilshere it is "down to him to master his life" in the wake of the incident but Hodgson remains unconcerned and revealed he has also tried smoking shisha in the past.

“As an ex-cigar smoker when I tried it [shisha] I thought it was a complete nonsense, I couldn’t understand who would do it,” the England boss told reporters.

“Apart from a faint fruity taste in your mouth that was about the end of it. As far as I am concerned that is a club matter and Arsene Wenger dealt with it very, very well.

“If you are asking me, in an ideal world is that an ideal thing to happen? Of course it isn’t, but we don’t live in an ideal world.

“I am happy it has been dealt with and it won’t occupy a lot of my time with Jack when I see him because we have a football match to win.

“I am more interested in working with him to get some performances out of him that he gave us in the autumn. Which were outstanding. It’s a part of my life but it’s an even bigger part of Arsene’s.”

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