Jack Wilshere confirms he injured Tottenham's Ryan Mason

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Arsenal star confirms he injured Tottenham Hotspur midfielder in training.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has confirmed he was responsible for Ryan Mason suffering an injury in training for England.

Tottenham breakthrough star Mason was forced to pull out of the June international fixtures, after picking up a knock last week.

Wilshere told the London Evening Standard he was at fault for Mason not being involved. He said: “It was a collision. I had the ball and slipped, our knees came together and unfortunately he came off worse.”

The Arsenal star's reputation could not have possibly been much lower before this among Spurs fans, after he branded Tottenham 's***' at the Gunners' 2014/15 FA Cup winners parade, an action which saw him land an FA misconduct charge.

Wilshere attempted to play down his exuberance, telling the paper: "I grew up at Arsenal and I love the fans, but believe it or not, I’ve actually got family who are Tottenham fans so it’s nothing personal against them, it was just a bit of fun."

As for the players, Wilshere admitted he is not popular among the Spurs contingent while on international duty, adding: "A few of the lads gave me a bit of banter about it. The Tottenham players? No, they don’t talk to me!"

Wilshere is unhappy about his FA charge, but if the midfielder is not exaggerating the cold shoulder he gets from Spurs players, then addressing his actions may be the organisation's first step at trying to repair the poor relations, or at least prevent them from worsening.

The Arsenal midfielder has until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to the FA charge, but may decided having said his piece in the press, to accept it and move on.

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