Ian Holloway slams Arsenal star’s World Cup attitude

Jack Wilshere

Millwall boss Ian Holloway was left appalled by the attitude shown by Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Millwall boss Ian Holloway has made a name for himself in English football as the man who isn’t afraid to speak his mind, whether rightly or wrongly.

In his latest column for The Mirror, the 51-year-old turned on England’s poor display in Brazil and reserved special criticism for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.

The Gunners' star was touch-and-go to be included in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man World Cup squad as a result of injuries, and perhaps that told as the 22-year-old struggled to make an impact.

Holloway, however, wasn’t raging at Wilshere’s sub-standard performances, but at his poor attitude and his lack of motivation to fight for the team.

He wrote: “Almost two weeks after our squad sneaked back home, the image I can’t get out of my head is that of Jack Wilshere sulking his way off the pitch against Costa Rica with a look of absolute disgust on his face...

“If that wasn’t bad enough, he then gave a post-match interview in which he said how hard it had been to motivate himself for the final game of England’s World Cup because he hadn’t started against either Italy or Uruguay and our fate had already been decided.

“I couldn’t believe it. Who the hell does this kid think he is? If Wilshere’s attitude and demeanour are typical of an England footballer in 2014, it’s easy to see where we are going wrong.”

One area which may prove how much a player is motivated is his work rate off the ball and his eagerness to win the ball back for his team. The comparisons with Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Jordan Henderson certainly don’t do the Arsenal man any favours.

  TeamPosInterceptionWon TackleBall RecoveryAppsMins
Jordan Henderson England MF 2 1 10 2 160
Frank Lampard England MF 2 3 10 1 90
Steven Gerrard England MF 1 3 6 3 197
Jack Wilshere England MF 1 1 6 2 90

According to the Opta Stats, Jack Wilshere had just one interception, made one tackle and recovered the ball only six times during his 90 minutes on the pitch over two games.

Lampard, 14 years his senior, performed higher in each category, and showed that willingness and motivated attitude which Holloway believes could be lacking in England’s next generation of stars.

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