FIFA World Cup: England Shirt Numbers Hint at Starting XI vs Italy

Jack Wilshere gets number seven despite an injury-ridden season while Frank Lampard and Danny Welbeck are given eight and 11 respectively giving rise to speculation on England's playing XI in the opening match against Italy.

updated: May 23, 2014 14:45 IST
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London: England's shirt numbers for the forthcoming 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 number seven shirt.

Wilshere has endured a troubled season on the injury front, making only two substitute appearances since suffering a foot problem while playing in England's friendly win against Denmark in March.

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