Jack Wilshere insists he is not yet back at full strength

08:30 16 November 2012

Arsenal

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere in action against QPR. Photo: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

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Jack Wilshere admits he will need time to recapture his best form after making his England comeback in Wednesday’s friendly international with Sweden in the Friends Arena.

The Arsenal midfielder put 17 months of injury frustration behind him after suffering a stress fracture of his ankle by returning for the Gunners in October against QPR and then playing the final half hour of England’s 4-2 defeat.

Wilshere knows he is still short of sharpness after only a trio of games for the Gunners, but is delighted to be back playing for club and country.

He said: “I don’t how long it will be before I can say ‘I’m back.’ I’m not really sure.

“This is my first long-term injury. We will see. I’m sure you lot (the media) will notice when I’m back to my best!

“I’m getting there. I don’t feel 100 per cent yet and everyone can see that. I feel better and better as every game goes on.

“I need to get some games under my belt and properly get back into the swing of things.

“But it’s great to be back. Seventeen months on the sidelines is tough for anyone.

Wilshere was happy to put trust in England head coach Roy Hodgson and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in determining how long he should play for England.

He said: “They know what they are doing. I’m sure they spoke before we met up and they reached an agreement. The agreement was the last 30 minutes and Roy gave me the last 30 minutes so I’m grateful for that.”

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