World Cup: England ace Jack Wilshere eases fitness fears

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Jack Wilshere was substituted during England’s 1-0 win over Denmark but the Arsenal star has moved to play down any injury fears.

The Gunners midfielder took a knock to his ankle following a first-half challenge from defender Daniel Agger and had to receive treatment.

He was then taken off in the early stages of the second half but Wilshere has stressed the knock isn’t serious and indicated he could be involved in his side’s FA Cup quarter-final at home to Everton on Saturday.

“It is a bit sore, but just a bruise,” Wilshere said. “I have had a scan already and I will be alright.”

Arsenal also face a crucial Champions League second-leg tie at Bayern Munich on Tuesday, with the Gunners trailing 2-0 after defeat in the first leg at the Emirates.

England boss Roy Hodgson has also moved to ease any fears regarding Wilshere and stressed it was always his intention to remove the 22-year-old from the action at some stage due to his club’s hectic – and crucial – fixture schedule.

“It was always the plan to replace him just after half-time, not least of all because Arsenal have some important games coming up, a lunch-time kick-off [against Everton] and then Munich,” he said. “We had that in mind not to keep him on the field for too long.”

Arsenal are 121.00 to win the Champions League this season and 3.80 to secure the FA Cup.

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