Wilshere reveals footballing hero, a legend at one of Arsenal's rivals

Jack Wilshere

England's new number seven was happy to follow in a long line of England legends.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has revealed his childhood hero, and at first glance it might not be the most suitable for a self-confessed Arsenal fan and Gunners legend.

With England releasing their numbers for the World Cup, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere found himself in the iconic number seven for the first time in his career.

And it was a decision that has clearly evoked memories of past England heroes for the 22-year-old, one of whom is a particular icon for the player.

"I was lying on a sunbed trying to go to sleep actually and a text came through saying I was number 7. That was it," Wilshere revealed.

"There has been Bryan Robson and David Beckham (who have worn seven) and now I have it.

"Beckham was my hero growing up as well so it is quite nice to get it."

Having Beckham as a hero isn't necessarily standard for Arsenal fans, with Robert Pires the club's own star number seven during much of the England legend's Premier League career. Beckham regularly found himself getting in the way of Arsenal's trophy ambitions, with the Londoners and Manchester United the two strongest teams around at the time.

But considering the height Beckham's star rose to from 2000 onwards, there is likely to be few young English football fans who didn't idolise the United, and then Real Madrid pinup.

And Wilshere may have had to go back a little too far to find the last Arsenal star to wear number seven for England, with David Platt wearing the shirt for a brief period in 1995, when Wilshere would have been just 3-years-old!

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