Wilshere puts smoking scandal in past, hopes to light up international stage

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Arsenal midfielder excited at prospect of lining out in 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Leaving a minor scandal behind him that was alleviated with an equaliser during Arsenal's recent come-from-behind draw against West Bromwich Albion at Hawthorns on Sunday, Jack Wilshere joins the England set-up relishing the opportunity to help guarantee England's final two-game push for a highly-anticipated place at the World Cup finals in Brazil, next summer.

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Wilshere is on the cusp of a consistent streak, perhaps not in terms of form - which has recently been underwhelming - but in terms of fitness as the 21-year-old, capped ten times to date, is enjoying his third consecutive call-up.

'It's a good time to bond as we don't get much time together,' said Wilshere to the FA. 'You get a good feeling when you come up here. You're excited, a little bit nervous because you haven't seen the lads for a while. I had a long spell out of the team so it's nice to get a little run and stay injury free.'

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England manager Roy Hodgson will secure a World Cup place for a 23-man selection in 2014 with six points over the next two games and Wilshere calls the prospect - should it be realised - a 'dream come true'. He said: 'We have a great opportunity to get to a World Cup, and for a young player like me it would be a dream come true. There are a few young players in the team, and we've got some experienced players who have done it and know what it's all about.'

While Hodgson will be unable to call upon the pace of Wilshere's Arsenal team-mates Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, the midfield Gunner believes that the goal-scoring credentials of Liverpool hitman Daniel Sturridge and Manchester United's ever-improving striker Danny Welbeck, cannot be ignored.

'There are some player in real top form at the moment. Daniel Sturridge is on fire at Liverpool, Danny Welbeck is looking good, so everyone is full of confidence. There is no better feeling than running out at Wembley in an England shirt, it's what dreams are made of. When you get out there you have to work hard and show what you can do, you have to take your chance.'

England host Montenegro on Friday evening prior to an entertainment of Poland on Tuesday night.

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