Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Roy Ready to Gamble on Arsenal Pair in Brazil

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Roy Ready to Gamble on Arsenal Pair in Brazil

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ROY HODGSON is prepared to take Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to the World Cup in Brazil even if they do not play in Arenal's last two games of the season, writes James Olley.

The England coach had suggested he would not take any player who was not 100 per cent fit but concerns have since arisen over a number of players, including the Arsenal duo, neither of whom will face West Brom on Sunday.

Hodgson, who announces his squad on May 12, said: "I am picking the squad on the basis of the last two years and players I want to be there I might just have to accept that they haven't all played. There are a lot of players who I pick who don't play for their teams every week.

"There is the other argument that one or two are now fully fit and more active and fresher than some who have had to play all the way through to the end. …

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