Wilshere plays down England praise
By Football News
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has brushed off claims that he could single-handedly drive England to victory in next year's World Cup.
The 21-year-old played a pivotal role in the Three Lions' 2-1 win over Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday but is adamant it will take everyone in the squad to pull together for England to have a chance at their second World title.
The Gunners starlet also lauded the midfield options available to Roy Hodgson and is delighted to feature alongside a few of his childhood heroes.
"I don't think one player can ever win a World Cup for a nation," Wilshere told reporters.
"I've got great players around me. We've got Steven Gerrard, still one of the best midfielders in the world, and Frank Lampard, and good young players as well.
"When you are playing well and you are in the national team, there are always going to be high expectations, but you have to deal with that.
"It's great having them alongside me. I used to come to Wembley to watch them play. To play with them is a dream come true.
"It's testament to them that they keep doing it at their ages. Ten years at the top is something I want to do, so looking at them two is something I look up to.
"I think they will carry on. Stevie is probably the fittest guy in the team and Lamps when he came on got a great goal. He has been doing that for years, scoring important goals, and he keeps doing it.
"The skipper (Gerrard) is our leader and was great and talks to you the whole game. We've got a great blend of youth and experience now and hopefully that can help us going into the qualifiers.
"I think we've got a good blend in midfield now. Stevie is playing the holding role. He's not really a holding midfielder but he did it brilliantly, and when he goes forward, me or Tom (Cleverley) can cover him.
"I think the formation helped. I prefer to play in a three rather than a 4-4-2 - 4-3-3 suits my game and suits the other players better.
"If we get that side right, we can dominate a midfield and we showed that.
"We work hard on tactics. That's what Roy does - he is great at that. He gets us working well defensively and going forward. If we can keep doing that and working on that, we can improve."