England played out an unusually entertaining friendly with Ecuador ahead of the World Cup, resulting in a 2-2 draw.
Manager Roy Hodgson played an experimental side, which saw Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere handed a start, and lasting 87 minutes.
Wilshere has barely played since being injured for England against Denmark earlier in 2014, and so the match gave him a crucial opportunity to get minutes under his belt.
Good to get my 1st start since March, legs gave up in the end, cramp in both calfs! Good team performance in tough conditions! #1StepCloser— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) June 4, 2014
The problem the midfielder faces however, is the high expectation placed upon him. Given his tag, pre-injuries, as England's next golden boy, he often fails to live up to that.
Last night was a case in point. Wilshere was unspectacular against Ecuador, cue several England supporters giving him stick via Twitter.
He was however pretty neat and tidy on the ball. The Arsenal midfielder completed 91 per cent of his passes, the equal highest of any midfielder.
Ross Barkley also completed the same percentage, but Wilshere attempted 70 passes to Barkley's 35.
He found himself fouled four times, twice as many as any other England player, completed two successful dribbles, and three out of three long balls. Wilshere can also boast of creating one goalscoring opportunity.
Statistically, this was no horror show from Wilshere, and was overall an effective performance, if one which lacked a wow factor.
And being Jack Wilshere, the player from who so much more is expected, there is evidently an axe to grind, as seen by the comments below.
Whether he convinced Roy Hodgson he should start ahead of Jordan Henderson is another matter, but he certainly did not let himself down, considering his recent lack of match practice.
Why are they rushing jack wilshere to the World Cup he's clearly still injured #AFC— Ryan Dimmick (@dimmick_ryan) June 4, 2014
Jack Wilshere will happily put his body on the line for club and country and that infuriates me, all bias. Poor lads made of glass. #AFC— Adam Gibson (@ARonaldGibson) June 4, 2014
Everyone slating Wilshere he played okay, I rather have him in the midfield than Cleverley or Milner— Ryan Golding (@RyGolding) June 4, 2014
Sorry but people saying Wilshere is overrated need to chup, he's played 1 game since his comeback from a broken ankle.— Aman (@AmanJagdev97) June 4, 2014