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Jack Wilshere, A Future England Talisman?

Jack Wilshere England 2010/11 England V Hungary (2-1) 11/08/10 International Friendly at Wembley Stadium Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom
While he may not have been able to propel Arsenal to the top of the Premier League yesterday, it has been a supremely impressive start to the season for the latest star to come off the Arsenal production line.

Jack Wilshere has finally been given his chance to showcase his talents on a regular basis in the Arsenal first team. The young midfielder has fitted in expertly alongside the Cesc Fabregas and has given the Gunners yet another creative option.

Wilshere himself admits that playing alongside the Spaniard can only help develop his game further: “Watching Cesc when he was younger and I was younger was the perfect opportunity to learn from him.

“Around the training ground he is helpful and when he is on the pitch he is telling me things to do. He tells me that I am not going to play every week, like he did, and that I have got to break through slowly.”

To be honest though it does appear to me that Wilshere has finally managed to make his break in to the Arsenal side. His performances this season have shown not only his potential but his current ability.

The pleasing thing to come from this is that Wilshere looks set to be a future star for England. He made his debut in the friendly against Hungary last month, and you feel that come the 2012 European Championships, he will be a mainstay in the England squad.

What could make Wilshire such an asset to England is that he offers something completely different to the side. His technique in the centre of midfield is something England looked desperately lacking in South Africa.

It does appear that the England side of the future is shaping up with more technical players over raw power.  We have already mentioned Wilshere, but with players like Adam Johnson also rapidly emerging, the future looks bright. But whether Wilshere can live up to the heightened expectations that are going to come with his recent form is another question.

 What do you think? Will Wilshere be a talisman for England in years to come? Or will be another player who fails to live up to his early promise?

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  1. Dave

    September 19, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    I concur. He also has the most English name in football. I think he, Adam Johnson and Walcott will be the forces on the English side. Whether that’s Euro 2012 or World Cup 2014 remains to be seen.

    I think for Wilshere it will take longer because his age and the fact that his position requires more leadership than raw talent and that doesn’t come by will alone. I think he squandered a great opportunity Saturday to step up and lead the team when Cesc came off. Situations like that when you can show in a less critical situation your “talismanic” abilities- especially with 10 mean and you don’t leads one to wonder what he could do with an England side.

    Still he’s only 18.

    I also think James MIlner and Andy Carroll will be interesting to watch the next year or so. i think them very underrated.

  2. Theo

    September 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Once in a while a player comes through your youth ranks who, barring injury, leaves you with absolute no doubt will make it to the top. It must be 3 years at least now that I have thought that of Wilshere. Avoiding any serious injury or him failing to keep his feet on the ground are the only things that can stop him. He ‘s the most gifted English player since Gazza and I have no doubt if he avoids the usual trappings of fame he’ll go on to be recognised as one of England’s all-time greats. Ball control, dribbling, passing, shooting, movement, strength, desire, stamina etc – he has the lot! We are now witnessing a legend in the making and the star of World Cup in Brazil 2014!

  3. SeoDevilz

    September 19, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Do agree that he’ll be a pivotal figure in the England setup. The sort of vision, techinique and passing style is so unique even in a team like Arsenal full of technically gifted players.

    Observe his performances and you can tell that this kid is really something special.

    Definitely hope to see him either pulling the strings in the heart of England’s midfield or even be rampaging down the flanks occasionally as a winger.

    P.S Is it just a spelling error in your last few paragraphs or is his last name also spelt as Wilshire?

    • James Beckett

      September 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm

      A spelling mistake mate lol. Few too many beers yesterday!

  4. Nathan

    September 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Sure, this post may be a bit premature, but just look at how he has performed for Arsenal so far this season. His assist for Chamakh was one of the most skillful I have seen to date, and at the feet of an 18 year old? If his form can keep up, this post will probably end up true.

  5. Phillip Badger

    September 19, 2010 at 10:33 am

    he’s made his England debut (in a friendly no less), therefore you feel that in 2 years time he’ll be a mainstay? Seems a bit premature, no?

    It’s obvious England need something new in the center midfield, but surely Huddlestone is first in line for a shot, being an ever present in a top 4 side, not someone who’s still working his way into his squad’s first team.

    • Mat

      September 19, 2010 at 4:21 pm

      Huddlestone is ok… Wilshere will be a World Class player. Huddlestone is too slow for intenational football, he doesn’t score enough goals and he is yet to have the experience in European football. Capello understands international football is so very different to the premiership. Wilshere is on a par with Gerrard and Rooney when they were 18 and is being nutured through the system. Rodwell should also be because he is as good if not better than wilshere. Wilshere will be at Euro’s it certainly wont be too early. Huddlestone won’t

    • badgeridiot

      October 18, 2010 at 5:19 am

      another idiot

  6. Badger

    September 19, 2010 at 9:50 am

    He’s just a nasty little git and it’s about time someone put him in his place.

    • Mat

      September 19, 2010 at 4:17 pm


    • badgeridiot

      October 18, 2010 at 5:17 am

      seriously,you’re an idiot dude..

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