Roy Hodgson has no problem with Jack Wilshere after incident packed week for the Arsenal midfielder

The 22-year-old was pictured smoking towards the end of last week before exchanging words with England batsman Kevin Pietersen over which players should qualify for England

Roy Hodgson expects Jack Wilshere to put on a sterling performance against Montenegro despite a turbulent fortnight for the star midfielder.

Wilshere was pictured smoking outside a nightclub last week and he then caused controversy in the build-up to Friday's game at Wembley by wading in to the argument over the possibility of Adnan Januzaj playing for England.

ENGLAND v MONTENEGRO: Click here to follow the latest news and score - LIVE

Hodgson defended Wilshere's right to say that "only English players should play for England" and backed the midfielder to perform at Wembley in the forthcoming qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland.

"We wouldn't allow ourselves to be distracted by such a minor issue," the England manager said.

"He's put everything behind him. It's not affected him one bit on the field.

"I think England will get a lot out of him in these next two games and for a long, long time to come.

"Jack is entitled to his opinion. The subject of nationalising players who have had no previous connection with England, who have never been here as a youngster and not gone through the English education system or the English footballing system, is a matter for a policy decision."

Wilshere was drawn in to a spat with England's South Africa-born cricketer Kevin Pietersen over his comments, but the Arsenal man has since claimed his point was misinterpreted.

Hodgson would not give his thoughts on nationalisation, but England captain Steven Gerrard appears to agree with the idea of foreign-born players turning out for the Three Lions.

"If players become available through FIFA rules, it's only right that the FA look in to it," said Gerrard, who will win his 106th cap against the Montenegrins.

"We need to try and gain every advantage we can to make the England team as strong as possible."

Another topic that threatened to cast a shadow over the do-or-die qualifiers concerned Harry Redknapp, who hit out at the Football Association in his recently published autobiography.

Redknapp criticised the organisation's hierarchy and also claimed he had received texts from a number of senior England players, including Gerrard, backing him to replace Fabio Capello.

Gerrard denied sending Redknapp a text, but conceded he would have supported the QPR boss had he got the job instead of Hodgson.

"I didn't text Harry Redknapp's personal phone. I have never had his (mobile) phone number," Gerrard said.

"I am a big fan of Harry. I had a conversation with Jamie (Redknapp), around the time when Harry was on everyone's lips.

"He was the favourite, it (looked like) it was only going to be a matter of days before he was going to be the new manager.

"I said to Jamie on the phone - send my best to your dad and if he gets the job we will all back him and we will support him."

Gerrard is still more than happy to work under Hodgson, however.

"I was absolutely delighted that Roy got the job because I have worked with him before at Liverpool," the Liverpool midfielder said.

"He made me (England) captain and I think I have played my most consistent football under Roy so I have a lot to thank him for."

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Powdered colors are displayed for sale at a market ahead of the Holi festival in Bhopal, India
techHere's what you need to know about the riotous occasion
Arts and Entertainment
Larry David and Rosie Perez in ‘Fish in the Dark’
theatreReview: Had Fish in the Dark been penned by a civilian it would have barely got a reading, let alone £10m advance sales
News
Details of the self-cleaning coating were published last night in the journal Science
science
News
Approved Food sell products past their sell-by dates at discounted prices
i100
News
Life-changing: Simone de Beauvoir in 1947, two years before she wrote 'The Second Sex', credited as the starting point of second wave feminism
peopleHer seminal feminist polemic, The Second Sex, has been published in short-form to mark International Women's Day
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

Homeless Veterans campaign

Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable