Jack Wilshere played his best game in an England shirt, after being named ‘Man of the Match’ against five time World Cup Champions, Brazil. It’s quite some feat to be named ‘man of the match’ against Brazil especially for a player which so much has been written and said about in the game. Wilshere, was elegant in the way he graced the pitch in the middle of midfield with the reassurance of a player who believes in his own talent and ability.
What was most impressive, about the young players performance was that he, seemed years ahead of his young age of 22 years old, to feel so technically gifted with the ball at his feet it was threatening to see, especially his dazzling runs which cut open the Brazilian midfield forcing opponents to retreat. Every dart made by Wilshere, between the gold-shirted opponents of Brazil was dynamic like each of his accurately pinged passes or enthusiasm to eagerly push upfield: they all offered such promise and potential for Roy Hodgson and England fans to take for the future.
Arsenal ‘legend’ Liam Brady praised Jack Wilshere and made direct comparisons to an English ‘legend’ Paul Gascoigne; “I think he will be up there with the very, very skilful creative English players. In my time it was Glenn Hoddle, [Paul] Gascoigne came after that and then [Wayne] Rooney and I think Wilshere will be in that mix.”
In Jack Wilshere, England have a young gifted player who looked more ‘Brazilian’ than the players in Brazil’s traditional yellow shirts. What makes the player stand out from the rest is his dynamic approach with the ball at his feet which makes him so refreshing to watch. Wilshere has the talent to be ‘England’s Iniesta’, graceful with the ball and technically gifted with one the best eyes for a pass in English football.
England manager, Roy Hodgson in his pre match conference against Brazil, urged his team to “grasp the nettle” and here was a player doing that and seizing an opportunity. Jack Wilshere in the middle of the field “grasped the nettle” in front of the millions watching across the world. It was striking to see Jack Wilshere play with such freedom in the attacking role in midfield for England, for his club, Arsenal, Arsene Wenger mostly used Wilshere as a defensive midfielder, since he returned from his long injury, so he doesn’t very often get in the optimal situation and role he did last night for England where he shone and dazzled.
England captain, Steven Gerrard on the eve of the friendly against Brazil, had claimed his young team-mate had the potential to become “one of the best in the world”, and Jack Wilshere man of the match performance was evidence to back up all the bold prediction. The tactical quality the young Arsenal player. showed with the ball at his feet and running at the heart of the talented Brazil midfield was like a player with 10 years of international experience behind him and not one with just seven outing for his country.
Wilshere performance in the ‘engine room’ of midfield for England, was faultless, a player who expectations are high, proved why he’s England’s future. Roy Hodgson probably knows already he needs to build next years England team for 2014 Brazil World Cup, around, Jack Wilshere in the middle of midfield. The players delicious perfectly weighted pass inside a back-tracking Adriano for Theo Walcott timed run to collect midway through the first half and draw a fine save from Júlio César justified the hype. Wayne Rooney was there to take the goal converting the rebound but his 33rd international goal which had been constructed at Arsenal.
The English media’s reaction to Jack Wilshere ‘man of the match’ performance against Brazil, will be typically hyped as always with a young English player with talent and they will start to wrap the ‘world class’ tag around his neck which may be something which will weigh him down as it has with the tag they used for past players with ‘Golden Balls’ and ‘White Pele’ used for David Beckham and Wayne Rooney respectively. Many England fans will hope Jack Wilshere stays level – headed and keeps his feet firmly on the ground. There no doubting England have a player with ‘world class’ potential and quality on their hands but lets hope Jack Wilshere doesn’t take the same road as past players.