Jack Wilshere remains one of England's biggest quandaries

The Arsenal midfielder should be one of Roy Hodgson's key players, but is at risk of enjoying the World Cup from the sidelines rather than the pitch.

Since making his debut for England in 2010, Jack Wilshere has long been held up as the future of the English midfield.

But somewhere in those four years, he has failed to move on from promising youngster to genuine international player.

With just two full 90 minutes under his belt in England colours, Wilshere's well reported injury issues seem to have effected his momentum at international level more than it has at club level.

He has only played a part in one goal for his country, assisting against Switzerland back in 2011's 2-2 draw, and his single stand out game for England came in last year's excellent 2-1 win over World Cup hosts Brazil.

His season at Arsenal this year, though inevitably disrupted by injury again, was his most successful in terms of goals and assists. Wilshere netted 3 goals and provided 5 assists, up from no goals and 5 assists the season before.

Barring the Brazil game last February, the 22-year-old has been unable to bring his combative, technical style of play to England's central midfield. He has been played as part of a midfield two and a midfield three, and has still seemed a little out of his comfort zone. Against Ecuador on Wednesday, he was arguably the weakest midfielder on display, and failed to close down Michael Arroyo for their second goal.

It is surprising to an extent, as Wilshere first shone on loan at Bolton for half a season, very much out of the Arsenal bubble he grew up in. This summer should be the making of the Gunners star, yet it is very possible he will be relegated to the bench over the more industrious but far less technically gifted Jordan Henderson.

Wilshere should by now have seized a midfield spot alongside Gerrard, but whether it is Roy Hodgson not knowing how to utilise his talents, or the midfielder not feeling like he has the integral role he does at the Emirates, he remains somewhat of an international enigma.

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