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Wenger rubbishes FA rift talk

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists he has no concerns over the amount of time Jack Wilshere played for England during their last two friendlies.

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Arsene Wenger: With England coaches Roy Hodgson and Ray Lewington

Arsene Wenger: With England coaches Roy Hodgson and Ray Lewington

The midfielder has been used carefully by the Premier League leaders since returning from a long-term ankle injury last season.

But despite featuring for 71 minutes in the 2-0 defeat to Chile last Friday, and coming off the bench for the last 26 in Tuesday's 1-0 loss to Germany, Wenger is adamant the Football Association stuck to their agreement over his involvement in the Wembley double-header.

Wenger, who reports Wilshere fit to face third-placed Southampton on Saturday, told the Arsenal website: "First of all Jack is not injured, that was not the right information.

"Secondly, I have no problem with the Football Association. They respected completely what they told me and it was for Wilshere to play in one game and be on the bench in the other.

"They did that very well. So there is no misunderstanding there. They did exactly what we had agreed."

Wilshere, meanwhile, admits there can be no guarantees in the fight for selection in England's World Cup squad.

England play a friendly against Denmark in March before Roy Hodgson names his provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup on 13 May.

The competition for places in midfield looks particularly fierce, but the Arsenal midfielder knows that he has to keep his head down if he is to be certain of his ticket to Brazil.

"That is where you are going to get into the England World Cup squad - by playing well for your club, then you are going to get picked for your country," Wilshere said.

"You have seen over the last couple of months that the talent there is, even in the Under-21s, with Ravel Morrison and all these players coming through. You are never guaranteed and cannot rest on your laurels.

"You are only as good as your last game, they say, so when the time comes, I have to be on top form and there will be a lot of players looking to be as well.

"At club level, there are a lot of games, so we are not thinking about the World Cup at the moment."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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