Emirates star not likely to feature in Wembley clash.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled midfielder Jack Wilshere out of the England friendly against Holland.
The 19-year-old injured his ankle in the first five minutes of the Emirates Cup tie with New York Red Bulls and is a major doubt for next week’s trip to Benfica.
Wenger has declared if Wilshere does not make the trip to Portugal than he will certainly not feature in the Wembley showpiece.
The Frenchman has already clashed with England coaching staff over Wilshere, who was selected for the U21 European Championships before withdrawing over burnout fears.
Fabio Capello could still call him up in the hope he is available to play against the Dutch, with fellow midfielders Steven Gerrard and Theo Walcott already out.
“If he’s out next week, he will not play in Benfica, so he will certainly not play for the England game,” Wenger said.
Confirming Wilshere had not torn anything but that his ankle was inflamed, he added: “He’s a quick healer usually, and a tough boy, so I hope he’ll be quicker than the medical prediction.”
Arsenal appeared to shrug off the loss of Wilshere yesterday and lift the Emirates Cup for the fourth time in five years before once again conceding a late equalise.
They were booed by their own fans at the final whistle, which did not bode well for the new season, with Arsenal supporters forced to endure so much suffering last term.
Wenger chided them, saying: “I can understand they want us to win but I don’t think we need to put any extra pressure on us now.
“The most important is to prepare and to take the pressure on when results really matter.”