Arsene Wenger commented a fortnight ago that if Jack Wilshere was called up to the England squad, he would call up the Queen to intervene.
Well it has happened, although it has been suggested the manager has relaxed his stance due to his suspension for the weekend's game and the fact the midfielder needs match fitness.
Here is the full squad:
Hart (Manchester City), Ruddy (Norwich), Forster (Celtic); Baines (Everton), Bertrand (Chelsea), Cahill (Chelsea), Caulker (Tottenham), Jagielka (Everton), Johnson (Liverpool), Shawcross (Stoke), Walker (Tottenham); Cleverley (Manchester United), Gerrard (Liverpool), Lennon (Tottenham), Osman (Everton), Shelvey (Liverpool), Sterling (Liverpool), Walcott (Arsenal), Wilshere (Arsenal), Young (Manchester United); Rooney (Manchester United), Sturridge (Chelsea), Welbeck (Manchester United).
So how have fans reacted to the news? Here is a snapshot via Twitter...
@afc_kavi: Jack Wilshere in the England squad? Hmm. Too early?
@jamalakram15: If Jack Wilshere gets injured for England today im gonna go insane!!!
@fatbury: Disappointed in Hodgson selecting Wilshere when he needs to be resting between games - do they want him injured again?He's not fully fit yet
@joshpoole23: I'm not overly keen on Wilshere getting called up to the England so soon and he`ll probably play the full 90 minutes
@jamespogue: What is actually wrong with international managers? Calling players up who are only back from long term injuries "Jack Wilshere"
@rob_naio: Wonder what the odds are of wilshere getting injured in this nothing england game. U just know its gonna happen!
@simon_breeze: Wilshere better not get injured on England duty, especially as its a couple of days before Spurs match
@hooley85: If Wilshere gets injured on International Duty next week, you may actually see a grown man cry
@mathieson83: If Wilshere gets injured on international duty again, Wenger will go skitz!!! Celebrity boxing Wenger v Hodgson
@afc_gordon: Not sure Wilshere is in the England squad. What's Wenger playing at, letting him be included?!
How do you feel about Wilshere's call-up?
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