There hasn’t been as much hype as there is surrounding England and Arsenal attacking midfielder Jack Wilshere since there was talk of a young 15 year old playing for Everton reserves called Wayne Rooney. If Wilshere can match the achievements of Rooney who has gone on to become a vital player for Manchester United, then he will be a key England player for many years.
Wilshere is one of the most exciting talents in the English game and those at the Emirates Stadium have high hopes for him. He was spotted by Arsenal scouts at an early age, as he joined the Arsenal Academy in 2001 when he was just nine years old. Wilshere, now seventeen, has progressed through the ranks for the Gunners as well as the England youth teams, with Jack currently part of the England Under 21 setup.
Jack was a key member of Arsenal Youth Team who lifted the FA Youth Cup last season for the first time in eight years. Whilst first team appearances for Arsenal have been limited, he did produce two classy performances in pre-season in the Emirates Cup to earn himself back-to-back Man of the Match awards. As this season progresses he will be looking to force himself into first team contention with further eye-catching displays.
Wilshere is a left-footed, creative attacking midfielder, who has amazing self-belief and a positive attitude to go forward, which have resulted in comparisons being made in the media with a young Wayne Rooney. He still obviously has a lot to learn that can only be achieved through getting first team experience, but his awareness on the pitch and football brain will help to continue his meteoric rise. His levels of skill, strength and creativity are also extremely high for such a young player, and the excitement around him continues to grow.
There have even been calls by some England fans for Wilshere to be given a run-out in the senior England team ahead of the 2010 World Cup, feeling that he will bring some creativity to be midfield. Surely he needs to break into the Arsenal first team for Fabio Capello to even take a second look at him? But he is definitely a future England star, but the question is just how good can Jack Wilshere be?
Here’s a video showcasing what he can do:
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