Jack Wilshere played his part for England in a 0-0 draw in Ukraine, playing a little more than an hour before being withdrawn.
In the ITV studio Roy Keane was asked what he thought of the Arsenal man's display, and did not utter an ounce of criticism.
"I think he did his job. He did more than enough to warrant his selection."
Instead criticism of Wilshere came from another source, former Liverpool hero Dietmar Hamann via Twitter who felt the need to describe the England international as being made out to be better than he actually is.
England media hyped up Wilshere to be world class when he's a talent, no more.I wonder what Mr.Cross and co got to say.— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) September 10, 2013
The Mr Cross he is referring to is John Cross of The Mirror, who covers Arsenal for the paper, with The Mirror the publication which serialised Hamann's autobiography a year ago.
Hamann's comments predictably saw him take some flak himself, not least from outspoken Gooner Piers Morgan who dealt the German his own hard-hitting view.
It should not be lost in the debate that Jack Wilshere is 21 and was winning just his 10th international cap, and has not completed an entire Premier League season due to injuries holding back his development.
Simply to be a 'must-pick' for England at this stage of his career tells it's own story, and Hamann may be simply having his say and telling it as he sees it, but his comments are likely to do nobody any favours.
Surely even the most ardent Gooner would admit Wilshere is some way off the consistency and production of the likes of established world class midfielders like Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arturo Vidal, but ther Englisman is certainly on the right track.
What do you think of Hamann's comments?
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