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Hodgson vows not to rush Wilshere

November 11, 2012
By ESPN staff

Roy Hodgson insists Jack Wilshere will not start in England's friendly with Sweden on Wednesday, responding to criticism from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger regarding his selection.

Jack Wilshere Arsenal v Schalke
PA PhotosJack Wilshere back in the England squad after just three starts for Arsenal after lengthy injury lay-off

• Wenger reaches compromise

Wilshere, 20, only made his return from a 17-month injury layoff last month and Wenger condemned the England manager's decision to include the youngster in the national camp .

Wenger was quickly on the phone to Hodgson, encouraging him to only use Wilshere sparingly and it was advice that the Three Lions boss took on board.

"It would have been wrong in my opinion to put him in from the start and say here we go again Jack, do what you did 18 months ago," Hodgson said. "I've made it clear if he plays in this game it will be part of the game and won't be a case of him starting the game and playing 90 minutes, which might be a bit much for him at international level at this moment."

Hodgson intends to slowly work Wilshere back into the national team, but he is expected to include Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, Tottenham defender Steven Caulker and Arsenal Carl Jenkinson who all have the chance to make their debuts.