Jack Wiltshere back in the fold for England
ROY HODGSON has wasted no time in bringing Jack Wilshere back into the England fold.
Seventeen months after winning the last of his five caps, against Switzerland at Wembley, Wilshere has been included in Hodgson's 23-man squad for the friendly with Sweden in Stockholm next Wednesday.
Wilshere has made only three appearances for Arsenal since returning from a catalogue of injuries.
However, with last weekend's dismissal at Manchester United meaning the 20-year-old must sit out Arsenal's Barclays Premier League encounter with Fulham at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, Hodgson has opted to select Wilshere despite Arsene Wenger cautioning against such a move earlier this week.
The other member of the 99-cap club, Ashley Cole, is among those who miss out through injury, with Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard and Manchester City trio Jack Rodwell, Joleon Lescott and James Milner also sidelined.
This time, the 17-year-old is included on merit from the outset after an outstanding season with Liverpool so far.
Hodgson has opted to select just three orthodox strikers, with Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge chosen along with Wayne Rooney, who became England's fifth-highest goalscorer last month.