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Roy knows my feelings on Jack cap - Wenger

ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger admitted he was not entirely happy with Jack Wilshere's international call-up, but felt he and England boss Roy Hodgson had reached "a good compromise".

HODGSON wasted no time in bringing Wilshere back into the senior squad, selecting him for next week's friendly in Sweden, despite the combative midfielder only just having returned from a long injury lay-off.

Wilshere, 20, spent more than a year on the sidelines because of niggling fitness problems which stemmed back to an ankle injury initially suffered when winning his fifth cap against Switzerland at Wembley in June 2011.

While Wenger would rather the midfielder had been completely rested from next week's fixture in Stockholm, the Arsenal manager revealed he had been given assurances by Hodgson over the player's fitness management.

Of the call-up, Wenger said he "saw it coming" and added: "I have no choice. If they call him up, they call him up. I have good relations with Roy Hodgson. We spoke about the situation, he knows my feeling and I know his feeling, so we cut a good compromise."

Restrain

Wenger, however, accepts no-one will be able to restrain the enthusiasm of Wilshere, who seems likely to play 45 minutes in Stockholm.

"That's very difficult with Jack. He doesn't hold back. He doesn't know how to do that. I think if he plays him (in Sweden), he will play," said the Arsenal manager.

Wenger feels the next 10 games will show whether Jack Wilshere can last the distance for club and country this season.

"Jack is not completely through yet the big test of durability, but the fact is that he has come out in a positive way from the three first games, which were quite intense," said Wenger, who was at Great Ormond Street Hospital yesterday along with Wilshere to help open the Arsenal Lung Function Unit.

"The first response is positive. Let's touch wood and hope he gets through well.

"The next 10 games, of course, will tell you a lot more about that."


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