Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott have been named in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad to face Sweden in next week’s utterly pointless international friendly in Stockholm.
After watching Wilshere make his first team comeback against QPR at the end of last month, Arsene Wenger made clear his young charge should not feature for the national team until competitive action gets under way again next year. However, in light of his sending off against Manchester United, which sees the 21-year-old banned for the match with Fulham this weekend, it looks as though the boss has had a change of heart.
It was while playing for England against Switzerland at Wembley in the summer of 2011 that Wilshere, following a tackle by Johan Djourou, sustained the injury that has kept him sidelined for the best part of 17 months.
Naturally the prospect of him donning the Three Lions and charging around Sweden worries the fuck out of Arseblog News but there’s little we can do aside from keep our fingers crossed and hope that lightning doesn’t strike twice.
Walcott’s inclusion comes as little surprise given his decent form in front of goal (interestingly The FA website include him in the midfield section of the list…heh), although Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have not been called-up due to injury.