Football

Wilshere likely to start for England

England's shirt numbers for the World Cup suggest Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is a strong contender to start his side's opening match against Italy despite an injury-plagued season.

The Football Association announced England's squad numbers for the tournament in Brazil on Thursday and Wilshere was handed the No. 7 shirt.

Frank Lampard also looks to be in the first-team reckoning, as he has been given the No. 8 shirt. Danny Welbeck will wear 11 despite his poor season at Manchester United.

Leighton Baines looks to be Hodgson's first-choice left back as the Everton star will wear three. Captain Steven Gerrard will wear four, while Wayne Rooney has been given the 
No. 10 shirt.

Daniel Sturridge has been given the England No. 9 shirt, and Hodgson also appears to have confirmed Phil Jagielka (six) and Gary Cahill (five) as his first-choice centre-back pairing.

Glen Johnson will wear No. 2, while Joe Hart takes the No. 1 jersey. - AFP.