Ian Wright helps out MK Dons strikers

Ian Wright
Wright spent seven years at Arsenal, scoring 185 goals

Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright has been assisting MK Dons boss Karl Robinson with the club's training.

Robinson has asked the 48-year-old to work with the team's strikers in the hope that his experience will benefit the Dons attack.

"Ian's just helping out. He's doing bits with the forwards," Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio.

"We're doing different things to make sure we can push on. We want to get out of the league."

Wright, who scored 185 goals in 288 games for the Gunners, retired from playing more than 11 years ago.

And Robinson joked the former international may be showing the effects of such a long absence from the game.

"He joined in on Thursday and after 20 minutes he pulled a hamstring," said the Dons boss.

"He had a great header and forced a great save. That's all he did in the 20 minutes he played, though.

"Having the likes of him around is only going to benefit us.

"He's a lively character, very highly respected in the game and media circles. He just brings a vibrancy to the football club.

"He was on the bench against Sheffield United as a member of staff and when Stephen Gleeson scored it was almost like Brian Kidd and Sir Alex Ferguson celebrating the goal."

Wright is not the first ex-England international to lend his expertise to the Milton Keynes squad.

Robbie Fowler, who scored 128 times in 266 league games in two spells at Liverpool, helped out in a series of training sessions earlier this year.