Arsenal youngster: ‘England can win the World Cup’

Jack Wilshere Press Conference - 18/02/2014

England head to Brazil with expectation at its lowest for almost two decades, yet Jack Wilshere believes they can still return home with the main prize.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has told fans to up their expectations ahead of this summer's tournament in Brazil.

England head into the competition with public expectation at its lowest for almost two decades, but the 22-year-old, who himself has been capped on just 15 occasions, insists the Three Lions have what it takes to win the World Cup.

"We are going to a tournament and we are not going to say we are happy with the semis. We are going there to win it," he told talkSport.

"We want to make the country proud."

Roy Hodgson has opted for a youthful side for the upcoming campaign. In fact, 17 of the 23 men in the team have never played at a World Cup before. But Wilshere sees the team’s experience as a help rather than a hindrance.

"We are going there with a young squad and when you do that, they bring a 'no fear factor'," he said.

"We have got the likes of (Steven) Gerrard and (Frank) Lampard who are there to calm everything down.

"They have been there three or four times. It is a good mix."

The likes of Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and, of course, Wilshere will give all it takes to defy the odds in Brazil this July.

A decent tournament is exactly what is needed to reinstate people’s belief in the English football system, which has taken something of a battering in recent times.

FA Chairman Greg Dyke’s proposal for Premier League B-teams is ultimately an attempt to improve the crop of players available for our national side, but success in Brazil could dramatically alter its supporters’ opinion.

It could also prove that youth can triumph even on the biggest stage of all.

 

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