Wenger backs Gunners duo for England World Cup duty

AFP| Updated: May 12, 2014, 13:39 PM IST

London: Arsene Wenger expects Arsenal duo Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to be fit enough to play for England at the World Cup.

England manager Roy Hodgson will name his 23-man party for next month`s finals in Brazil on Monday and both Arsenal men have been regular members of previous squads.

Midfielder Wilshere, 22, came off the bench for the final 27 minutes of Arsenal`s 2-0 win at Norwich City on Sunday as the north London side ended the Premier League season in fourth place.

Winger Oxlade-Chamberlain did not feature at Carrow Road but is expected to resume training following a groin problem on Wednesday, which would also put him on course for a place in Arsenal`s FA Cup final squad.

The Gunners take on Hull City at Wembley on Saturday and another absentee through injury, France midfielder Abou Diaby, made his comeback from more than a year out with a knee injury via a substitute stint against Norwich.

Arsenal manager Wenger made it clear he had no qualms about Wilshere and Oxlade-Chamberlain being whisked away from the treatment table to the World Cup finals in the space of a few weeks.

"Players like Oxlade-Chamberlain, if they are not overplayed, they can absorb competition to come back and need minimal rest before they start competition next year," Wenger said.

"So I`m not too worried about that," the Frenchman added. "The only danger for us is if the player is not medically fit.

"But I trust the medical team in England if they travel. I think they have their first camp in Portugal and they will know after that."