• Midfielder to play against Sweden after 17 months out
• Arsène Wenger has criticised decision to include 20-year-old
Jack Wilshere has admitted that his call-up to the England squad for next week's friendly against Sweden has come too soon.
The Arsenal midfielder has made three appearances since returning from a 17-month absence with an ankle injury, completing 90 minutes for the first time at Schalke in the Champions League on Tuesday, and his club manager, Arsène Wenger, has been frustrated by Roy Hodgson's decision to include him.
Wenger is concerned that Wilshere, who was sent off in Arsenal's defeat to Manchester United last Saturday, is being rushed back, saying that he hopes the 20-year-old does not suffer another setback. However Wilshere is only expected to feature for 45 minutes in Stockholm.
"Maybe it is a bit too soon to be called up," Wilshere said in an interview with the BBC's Football Focus. "But it is great for my head and my confidence to know I am in the new manager's plans."
Fabio Capello was still England's manager when Wilshere made his last international appearance in a 2-2 draw with Switzerland in a Euro 2012 qualifier in June last year. However Wilshere is hoping he can make an impact now Hodgson is in charge.
"The last time I played for England was under Fabio Capello and now there is a new manager so I don't know the thinking of their new tactics: would I fit in their plans?" he said. "To know the manager has picked me and is looking at me as part of the team is good for me. It is a new chapter in my footballing career."
England's captain, Steven Gerrard, is set to win his 100th cap against Sweden but Wilshere believes there is enough young talent emerging.
"I think England are lucky with the players coming through, look at Tom Cleverley and players like that," he added. "They are natural ball players who can compete with the best players in in the world when it comes to technical ability."