Arsenal's Jack Wilshere aims to make his England mark at the World Cup

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has stated his intentions to finally make his mark on the international stage for England at the World Cup.

The talented midfielder has endured a stuttering career with his national side since making his debut in 2010, and the 22-year-old has generally been hampered by a succession of injuries over the last two years.

Despite making his debut four years ago, Wilshere, who was hailed as one of the most technically gifted midfielders of his generation when he burst onto the scene for Arsenal, has just 15 caps to his name.

The Gunners star’s participation in Brazil was even in doubt after he picked up a foot injury in the Three Lions’ 1-0 win against Denmark back in March.

However, Roy Hodgson named him in his 23-man squad, and Wilshere has claimed that the South American tournament could see him finally begin to make the rest of the world sit up and take note.

The Guardian quotes him as saying: “I was panicking a bit about the squad, I wanted to be in it. I thought I was ready but [Arsene Wenger] said: ‘No, you’re not. You need to train alone if you are to have a good World Cup. You need a good fitness base and to be right in every aspect.’ That is what I am now.

“But I think a good World Cup can erase a lot of doubts. It is about the team and, if the side has a good World Cup, you are going to look good as a player. It’s up to the manager if I play but I’d like to think if I’m on the pitch I’ll have a successful World Cup: having an impact, playing well and keeping the ball.

“If someone had told me four years ago I would be going to a World Cup now, I would have been happy with 15 caps and this chance. To have played only that number of games is disappointing but I have to look to the future and hopefully I can contribute.

England host Peru at Wembley on Friday, before returning to the stadium on Saturday to watch George Groves much-anticipated boxing rematch with Carl Froch.

The Three Lions then fly out to Miami for warm-up games with Ecuador and Honduras on June 7 and 10 respectively, before departing for their World Cup base of Rio de Janeiro’s Royal Tulip Hotel.


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