England manager Roy Hodgson hoping for big things from Jack Wilshere at World Cup
Roy Hodgson believes Jack Wilshere needs a good run in the Arsenal team in order to hit top form at the World Cup.
Last Updated: 17/11/13 8:15pm
Wilshere has struggled for form and fitness this season, with the limelight shifting towards Aaron Ramsey and record signing Mesut Ozil.
The 21-year-old has been troubled by a niggling ankle injury for a chunk of this season, and Ramsey's form also means the England international has completed just eight of Arsenal's 19 matches.
"One thing Jack has mentioned (to me) recently has been that he has had a lack of 90-minute match practice and he obviously feels that he needs a few more games under his belt," said Hodgson.
"But there will be 28 games that he can possibly play before we go to Brazil so it's not something that bothers me enormously in November.
"That question could be a relevant one at the end of April or the start of May if he is still not playing games, but at the moment, I am just happy to accept that."
Wilshere missed Arsenal's recent games against Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund because of his latest ankle injury but Hodgson believes he will be firing on all cylinders again once the problem is finally healed.
"It's going to take Jack some time," Hodgson added.
"He admits that, as does Arsene (Wenger). I thought he did some very good things in the game against Chile so I wasn't disappointed with him.
"He has had two or three weeks off with an ankle injury so it was going to be tough for him to come on and set the game alight in a game of that quality, but I wasn't disappointed with him at all.
"I was pleased we got 71 minutes out of him and I hope that will do him well for the future."
Although Germany suffered the blow of losing Sami Khedira with a serious knee injury on Friday, their coach Joachim Low still has a plethora of talented options to choose from ahead of Tuesday's visit to Wembley.
Hodgson is therefore thinking of deploying a younger body in midfield alongside Steven Gerrard, who is expected to return after sitting out the defeat to Chile with a hip problem.
"That's something we are thinking about," Hodgson said. "I think we have got a lot of energy in our squad.
"We are more than aware of the fact that they have a very dynamic midfield and we will have to be dynamic ourselves to keep them at bay."