Gunners star maybe replaced by either Lampard or Carrick.
England head coach Roy Hodgson is thinking of sensationally axing Arsenal midfield player Jack Wilshere from the Three Lions’ starting lineup for Friday night’s must-win Fifa World Cup Group H qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley Stadium, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The home side go into the crucial encounter against the tiny Balkan state currently leading their section with now just two fixtures left to play ahead of next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil, albeit only by a point from both second-placed Ukraine and their third-in-the-table visitors.
However, Hodgson knows that two wins from their remaining two matches, against Montenegro on Friday, followed by another home clash against Poland on Tuesday, will see his side qualify automatically for the global show-piece event in South America next June and July.
And that is why his decision over whether to start with Wilshere in central midfield at the home of football is such a crucial one for Hodgson to get right, with the England manager understood to be weighing up whether to play the out-of-form 21-year-old alongside captain Steven Gerrard, or if not, then either veteran Chelsea midfield player Frank Lampard, or possibly even Manchester United holding midfield player Michael Carrick.