Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has paid tribute to retired England captain Steven Gerrard.
Jack Wilshere is among those leading the tributes to Steven Gerrard after he announced his international retirement on Monday.
Gerrard told the FA's website: "I haven't made my decision on the back of the World Cup. I've made my decision in my age, on my body, on being fair to Liverpool Football Club, being respectful to them especially with the Champions League back – that was a huge factor.
"To ask my body now, the way it is and what it has been through, to play international football and domestic football was too much of an ask."
Wilshere paid tribute to Gerrard via his Twitter page, revealing he still looks up to Gerrard, as he did when growing up.
Amazing international career, inspirational Captain, an absolute honour to play with someone I looked up to growing up and still do! #SG4— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) July 21, 2014
While part of the same England squad this summer, Wilshere and Gerrard did not play a single minute at the World Cup together, the Arsenal man playing only in the final game against Costa Rica, with Gerrard coming onto replace him.
Wilshere also missed out on playing alongside Gerrard at Euro 2012, when injury ruled him out of the tournament, but did play with the now retired midfielder in qualifying games for both tournaments.
The Arsenal ace is a midfielder who has the talent to lead England as Gerrard did, but his progress has been hampered by bad luck with injuries.
Gerrard himself had his own share of misfortune early in his career, missing out on the World Cup in 2002 through injury.
If Wilshere can bounce back as Gerrard did to go onto lead his country at major tournaments, captaining at two World Cups, he will be able to look back on his international career with some satisfaction, and hopefully better results than the Liverpool midfielder enjoyed.