A young Jack Wilshere engaged in target practice indoors, leaving a mockery of the crockery.
Lauded as a player with the heart of one of England's lions but taught from a Spanish soccer school, Jack Wilshere, a regular in Arsene Wenger's first-team selection at Arsenal and Roy Hodgson's 23-man squads with England, has come a long way since his pre-teen days when he would get in trouble with his mother, Kerry Wilshere, over 'smashing ornaments indoors when kicking a ball about'.
This season alone, Wilshere has had a strong impact in a team that has thrilled fans and media alike due to a total football style of play. The player, 21, has completed 85% of his 350 passes, won 86% of his tackles, created 12 chances (one of which became an assist) and has returned two goals (one of them an early contender for goal of the year) in 585 minutes of Premier League football.
Wilshere's mother reveals Jack was scouted as early as eight-years-old and that the only one who was ever nervous at trials or matches was herself, as Jack would just get on and play. The most amazing feeling, she says, is when he pulls on the England strip in order to represent his country, a feat he has achieved 12 times to date.
image: © Ronnie Macdonald