Arsene Wenger says England"s need for Jack Wilshere is mad

Wenger tells England not to go 'bonkers' at Wilshere's return from injury

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22:01 GMT, 19 October 2012

Roy Hodgson has received a major boost after Jack Wilshere was given the green light to make his return to competitive action.

But Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger labelled the hype over Wilshere being heralded England’s saviour as ‘bonkers’.

The midfielder, 20, has told Wenger he is ready to make his comeback — 17 months after his last competitive action — after completing 90 minutes of a midweek friendly against Chelsea behind closed doors.

Warning: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told England Under 21 boss Stuart Pearce not to get ahead of himself over the return of Jack Wilshere

Warning: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told England Under 21 boss Stuart Pearce not to get ahead of himself over the return of Jack Wilshere

Wilshere’s return to the first-team fold after a string of ankle, foot and knee problems was confirmed yesterday when he was named in the Arsenal squad for Saturday’s visit to Norwich.

But Wenger warned: ‘The fate of the country is never to turn to one player. You have to have many good players. If you have to wait until one player comes back that means something is wrong.

On the mend: Wenger hopes to start midfielder Wilshere in the Gunners' Capital One Cup clash against Reading later this month

On the mend: Wenger hopes to start midfielder Wilshere in the Gunners' Capital One Cup clash against Reading later this month

‘If Spain are world and European champions it’s because they are spoilt for choice. Even a player like Mikel Arteta doesn’t get called up and once you have a problem like that in England, you will not need to go bonkers for anybody.’