Wilshere poses with the trophy at the Arsenal Victory Parade

World Cup 2014: Arsene Wenger 'put England before Arsenal' claims Jack Wilshere

Gunners' midfielder was not rushed back from injury

Luis Suarez underwent an operation on his knee last week, putting his World Cup participation in doubt

World Cup 2014: Glen Johnson says Luis Suarez has told him that he WILL be fit to face England

The Liverpool striker faces a battle to be ready after knee surgery

Jack Wilshere has been given the No 7 shirt to wear for England in Brazil

World Cup 2014: England squad numbers announced - Jack Wilshere takes No 7

While the vice-captain Frank Lampard will wear No 8

Frasier Forster enjoyed Ben Foster's golfing jape

World Cup 2014: Ben Foster plays exploding golf ball prank on England team-mate Fraser Forster

The goalkeepers were on the course as they took time away from England's training camp ahead of next month's tournament

Steven Gerrard on England duty in a friendly against Germany in November 2013

Steven Gerrard England future: Brendan Rodgers expects his captain to decide on international future after the World Cup

Gerrard could call time on his England career but new deeper midfield role might convince him otherwise

Wayne Rooney has won 89 caps for England
Jack Wilshere came on in the 63rd minute for Arsenal against Norwich on Sunday

Sam Wallace comment: Jack Wilshere and Kyle Walker should NOT be included in England World Cup squad

The England squad will be announced at 2pm on Monday

Scraping past Trinidad and Tobago in 2006 proves that mediocrity is not a recent phenomenon as far as England are concerned
Jack Wilshere has been out since picking up a foot injury playing for England against Denmark at Wembley

World Cup 2014: Jack Wilshere set for place in England squad as Roy Hodgson makes assurances

Arsenal midfielder has been sidelined since 5 March with a foot injury

Rickie Lambert has scored in each of his two England games
Wayne Rooney of England speaks to a cameraman as he walks off the pitch dejected after the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Group C match between England and Algeria

Wayne Rooney injury: England fear repeat of 2010 is on the cards in Brazil as Manchester United striker struggles to the end of the season

Striker’s struggles with injury in the build-up to the World Cup are eerily similar to the disaster that unfolded in South Africa

Roy Hodgson takes training for England last week

World Cup 2014: Roy Hodgson keen to see out contract even if England falter in Brazil

Current four-year deal takes him past Euro 2016

Luke Shaw could make his debut for England

International friendly: England v Denmark match preview

A look ahead to this week’s international friendly fixture at Wembley

Tom Cleverley has drawn criticism for his performances for Manchester United this season
England's Southampton contingent Luke Shaw (L) Adam Lallana (C) and Rickie Lambert (R)

World Cup 2014: Time running out for 'desperate' Southampton striker Rickie Lambert to make Brazil squad

Lambert is battling for the final striker berth in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad and realises he has just two months to prove his worth

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