July 8th, 2014 by admin
Former manager of Manchester City and England, Stuart Pearce claimed that Jack Wilshere would not be making any appearances for England during the 2014 World Cup as the 52 year old English manager was concerned about the recent performances that the player of Arsenal had been displaying.
‘’I think he Wilshere is very, very short of form. Watching the last game against Honduras I didn’t see a Wilshere that sprung on the scene many months ago. I just think he is very, very short of confidence and I see Lampard, Lallana or Barkley ahead of him now. I just feel his lack of form really will cost him and that will be on Roy’s mind’’. Pearce said to the media.
Those claims released by Pearce were wrong as Jack Wilshere did indeed represent England at the international stage although it only was during a match that had absolutely no importance as the team of Roy Hodgson was already eliminated from the World Cup.
The match against Costa Rica was the only encounter that Jack Wilshere had on performing since the 1st minute of the game as he was not a substitute and the former manager of Crystal Palace, Ian Holloway criticized the attitude of Wilshere during the worldwide tournament.
“He seemed to take Roy Hodgson’s decision to substitute him as a personal insult. If that wasn’t bad enough, he then gave a post-match interview in which he said how hard it had been to motivate himself for the final game of England’s World Cup because he hadn’t started against either Italy or Uruguay and our fate had already been decided. I couldn’t believe it. Who the hell does this kid think he is?” Ian Holloway told to the media.
Whether or not Wilshere was given the chance to play more minutes and represent England in the World Cup, it does not seem like it would have made any difference as the English squad just looked out of shape and struggled in every single match.
June 23rd, 2014 by admin
England midfielder Jack Wilshere believes stopping Italian legend Andrea Pirlo will be a priority for England as they prepare to take on the former four time world champions in their opening group match of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The 35 year old Juventus midfield maestro ran England ragged with his range of passing and vision the last time these two nations met back in Euro 2012 and although England managed to hold on till extra time, a sublime penalty from Pirlo clinched the match for the Italians in the shootout.
And Wilshere, who knows how it is like to come up against a midfielder of the Italian’s caliber, says that the team has been preparing for the match against Italy with their warm up games.
Although Jack Wilshere says that they know Pirlo is not getting any younger, he also added that the team is smart enough to understand that his class cannot be overlooked.
Only goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is older than Pirlo in the Italian team and having played 43 times for Juventus last season, the former AC Milan and Inter Milan star is bound to suffer from some issues with fatigue.
Wilshere believes there will come a time in the match when Pirlo will get hold of the ball and the England players will have to narrow down the space and stop him from making the forward passes.
Jack Wilshere has said that Pirlo is the main player in the team, he is the anchor, and he picks up the ball and sprays it around as the central playmaker of the team. And the Arsenal man believes the England team has learned from its experience in 2012 and have a good enough plan set to thwart the advances of the legendary Italian playmaker as they plot their escape from the Group of Death.
May 19th, 2014 by admin
Arsene Wenger has claimed that he expects midfielder Jack Wilshere to be fully fit for the upcoming World Cup 2014. The youngster has been included in the squad for the World Cup by national team manager Roy Hodgson. However, there have been doubts as to whether the midfielder will be fully fit after suffering from a spate of injury problems in the last few months. This has forced him to miss most of the league action for the gunners, as they have slipped down the league table.
Hodgson has named a young squad for the World Cup 2014 with the likes of Michael Carrick and Ashley Cole missing out.
Wilshere is one of several players just above the 20-year-old mark to be included in the squad. He is also part of the 24 players who have never been to a World Cup in previous years. Despite this, Wenger says that he is confident that his player will play a major role for England in the World Cup. In previous years, Wenger has been critical of the way the national team has utilized Wilshere.
Wilshere has made just 19 league appearances from the start this season. Another Arsenal player who will be involved is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. He has also been suffering from injury problems in recent months.
“How has he been this week? Good, he works hard. We have a hard session today again and he progresses. He played 30 minutes at Norwich, that was planned, he came out well. I think if you ask me about the World Cup, he should just have enough time to be fully fit. Everybody should be available who played in our last game at Norwich. We’ll know more about that tomorrow or Friday,” said the Frenchman assessing the Arsenal players who will be part of the World Cup with England.
May 8th, 2014 by admin
Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere still is recovering from an injury he picked up in March and Arsene Wenger revealed details concerning his the progression of the broken bone in his foot of the English midfielder who still is not fit enough to start training or running with the rest of the squad.
Wilshere is being labeled as the next big star of England that can push his country to glory and help them secure the World Cup trophy which is something England has not been able to do since 1966 but Wilshere stated that it has been building up unwanted pressure to him.
“It’s brought pressure on me. I’m not sure it’s unwanted pressure. I think when you play at the highest level; there is pressure all the time.” Wilshere said.
The 22 years old midfielder also voiced his opinion and responded to critics who have been putting under scrutiny Roy Hodgson and his squad.
He added: “Just because we don’t play like Spain doesn’t mean we haven’t got a high level of technical ability. We’re changing our game all the time and we want to adapt it to a level where we are going to be able to win things at an international level’’.
“If that requires passing it around a bit more, then we’ll do it. But at the moment, we’re doing all right. We’ve got to the World Cup, so we’ll stick to our guns for the moment.” Wilshere said.
It is expected that Wilshere will be able to recover in time for the 2014 World Cup but he is going to need to play a few matches with Arsenal before Hodgson can make up his mind concerning the players that he will be bringing to Brazil.
March 25th, 2014 by admin
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has rarely featured for Arsenal this campaign, but he is a player expected to achieve begin the game in the next few years. He was playing in the lower leagues of English football only a few years ago. Now, he is starting to learn from his much illustrious teammates according to manager Arsene Wenger. The star performed admirably well in the 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich at the Allianz arena. Wenger says that Oxlade-Chamberlain has been learning a lot in training from midfielder Jack Wilshere, who is currently out injured.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was brought from Southampton in a £ 10 million deal three years ago. He came through the youth system at Southampton just as Theo Walcott did several years ago. Wenger said that the player has been demonstrating immense potential in the last few weeks. He says that the England international is capable of becoming one of the best in world if he manages to learn well. Wilshere is regarded as the next big thing for England, while England captain Steven Gerrard recently stated that Wilshere has all the capabilities to become the next captain for the English national team.
Wenger used Oxlade-Chamberlain in a much more central role against Bayern Munich and he was Arsenal’s main threat at the Allianz arena. Arsenal scored a goal through Lukas Podolski in the second half.
“He has the sense of positional play and he has the qualities which you want to see in the modern game. He has that capability to break through because there is a lot of pressure in the modern game. So those players who have the ability to get out of that pressure are of course very important, he has good vision. He has similar qualities to Jack, I am sure he has observed Jack as well,” said Wenger.
March 11th, 2014 by admin