After his long term injury Jack Wilshere made his return to the England side with a man of the match display against Brazil last night. The Arsenal midfielder showed his class in which was only his 7th appearance for his country. It's clear he will be a massive part of the England side in the future. He is one of the countries most naturally gifted footballers like Rooney, he is strong, likes a tackle, a good passer of the ball, the only criticism his maybe his lack of goal scoring. This can of course all be worked on & improved. He played in a three man midfield along side Tom Cleverley & Steven Gerrard against Brazil which worked well. Gerrard’s experience with the two youngsters along side him doing most of the running seems to be Hodgson’s plan for the future.
Wilshere is a very talented footballer and his injury did set him back but it looks like he will come out of it an even better player. His determination and passion to succeed shows the character of the man. For him, England & Arsenal to reach their potential he has to become the 'key man' in the side. For England it’s vital they don’t waste him or throw him on the wing to fit in others like England have done in the past. He should play in the middle of the park, in the same role as he did against Brazil, in the future if he improves his goal scoring rate he could push a little further forward making him the number ‘10’ or the play-maker role. His connection with Gerrard & Rooney is key at the minute but in the long run I feel it will be himself, Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley, Rooney, Oxlade-Chamberlain & Walcott that will prove vital to how well England play & how far they go in tournament football.
For Arsenal it’s clear their building the team around Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott & Podolski. They still do need a bit of steal in defence and maybe another striker but you can see what Wenger is trying to do, spending as little money as possible. He tied down the younger players to new deals, but at Arsenal that don’t mean much. He could really be the main man at the Arsenal just like Henry & Vieira. He will for sure be the captain one day, but they must start winning trophies so he sticks around. He does have all the potential to be a great player for club and country. Jack can do that as long as he is stays fit and is used in the right way.