But despite many questioning his decision to pick Wilshere, the Three Lions boss reckons it was a no brainer.
“To select him in a group of 26 was a very easy thing to do,” said Hodgson, who wants to start him in the opening Group D game against Russia in Marseille on June 11.
“Would I have liked him to be playing week-in, week-out for the Arsenal? Of course I would.
“Would I have liked Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Eric Dier to have played a few less games, and Chris Smalling to have had a bit of a rest?
“Yes I would. But Jack is there on merit. He is a special player. We don’t have lots and lots of Jack Wilsheres available.
“There are other areas on the field where my choice is very great. Players we like and need in the team and a few outside the group who could have got in.
“For Wilshere, it is a bit different and he deserves the chance to show he is fit and capable of playing at the level he was playing for us in the autumn (2014) – and I have at least a couple of matches when I can test those things out.”