Wilshere not expecting WC call-up

Arsenal youngster Jack Wilshere has played down his chances of

making Fabio Capello’s England squad for the World Cup finals.

After Gunners team-mate Theo Walcott’s surprise call-up for

the tournament in Germany in 2006, Wilshere, who turns 18 on New

Year’s Day, has been tipped by many as the dark horse for the 2010

tournament in South Africa.

Capello is known to be an admirer of the midfielder, who has

impressed on his outings for Arsenal this season.

Wilshere, though, insists he has a long way to go before he

is challenging England’s established names. He told the Sunday

Times: “I’d rather there wasn’t the hype. (England talk) is nice to

hear but it’s difficult, too. I mean, I can look forward to things

but I’m not stupid.

“You’ve got to play for your club first and I’m looking to

play regularly for Arsenal before anything else.”

Regarding the World Cup, he said: “Realistically, no, it’s

not going to happen. There’s players ahead of me. I wouldn’t be

heartbroken if I didn’t go.”