Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere to swap Harpenden for Brazil to play in World Cup

A photo of an England training session taken last year at London Colney, showing Jack Wilshere of Ha

A photo of an England training session taken last year at London Colney, showing Jack Wilshere of Harpenden. Photo by Michael Regan - The FA/The FA via Getty Images - Credit: The FA via Getty Images

Arsenal star Jack Wilshere will swap Harpenden for Brazil after it was confirmed today (Monday) that he is in England’s 23-man squad for the World Cup.

The midfielder, who has been cleared after recently recovering from a broken foot, will join teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at the major tournament.

With 31 days to go until Brazil, Jack and the rest of the team will fly for training in Portugal on Monday May 19.

Fans have been quick to show their support for the Gunners on their call-up.

Piers Morgan tweeted: “BOOM! @JackWilshere BOOM!”

Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson travelled to England sponsors Vauxhall’s Griffin House HQ in Luton at about 1.30pm to address employees and answer questions from the media.

He said: “It’s a big day to announce a squad.”

Roy said it was not an easy decision and that he hoped the squad would, “give a good account of itself and not let the country down in any way”.

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Earlier this month the England manager said that he had picked his World Cup squad based on long-term assessments, and would not be swayed by recent peaks and troughs in form.

The World Cup will be Hodgson’s second major tournament with England.

The 66-year-old took over from Fabio Capello in May 2012 and - with only a month to prepare - guided the Three Lions to the quarter-final of Euro 2012.

He had previously warned there would be more young players in this squad than there were in 2012.

England’s World Cup squad is:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Fraser Forster (Celtic).

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (England), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Attackers: Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United).

Standby: John Ruddy (Norwich City), Jon Flanagan (Liverpool), John Stones (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Andy Carroll (West Ham United), Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC).