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Roy Hodgson Backs Arsenal’s Wilshere: ‘Even I’ve Smoked That Nonsense Stuff’!

Roy didn’t rate the shisha pipe…

England boss Roy Hodgson has played down Jack Wilshere’s latest smoking debacle, claiming that even he’s smoked shisha before…

“I thought tobacco was smoking and shisha pipes were water with flavour,” said Hodgson. “Does it [contain nicotine]? Are you sure about that? I am not.

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“As an ex-cigar smoker when I tried it [shisha] I thought it was a complete nonsense, I couldn’t understand who would do it. Apart from a faint fruity taste in your mouth that was about the end of it.

“As far as I am concerned that is a club matter and Arsène dealt with it very, very well. If you are asking me, in an ideal world, is that an ideal thing to happen? Of course it isn’t, but we don’t live in an ideal world.

“I am happy it has been dealt with and it won’t occupy a lot of my time with Jack when I see him because we have a football match to win.

“I am more interested in working with him to get some performances out of him that he gave us in the autumn, which were outstanding. It’s a part of my life, but it’s an even bigger part of Arsène’s.”

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