Scholes: Wilshere needs what me and Lampard had

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Paul Scholes believes Arsenal's Jack Wilshere is being asked to play too deep for club and country.

England put some of the painful memories from the summer behind them this week after a brace from Danny Welbeck saw them come away from Switzerland, arguably the toughest game of their Euro 2016 group, with a 2-0 win.

It was a performance based on energy, pace and won on the counter-attack. It was also a game which pleased many of the former England international's.

One such player is Paul Scholes, who has had his say in the Independent this week. He spoke of his joy for Danny Welbeck getting a double and how he was impressed with Fabian Delph - who earned a shock start. But he again turned heads with his opinion on Jack Wilshere.

Of course we have been here before, when Scholes claimed Wilshere had failed to develop since being a teenager.

This time however he was praising of Wilshere, but feels he is playing out of position.

He stated that Wilshere 'has great ability' but that at the back-end of a midfield diamond England will not get the best out of him:

"Wilshere is an attacking midfielder, as I was for most of my career. He is not a defensive midfielder and I feel at the moment he is stuck between the two roles. He is being asked to control the play from a deep position, which does not play to his strengths."

He went on to suggest that Wilshere is being asked to play in this deeper position for both club and country because of a lack of options in the defensive midfield role. He suggested that he, and another Premier League legend and England international in Frank Lampard, have benefited where Wilshere has not from quality defensive midfielders as partners in crime:

"I was lucky to play alongside some of the best defensively-minded midfielders in the game: Nicky Butt, Roy Keane and Michael Carrick. What they gave me was the confidence to get forward, to take risks and score goals safe in the knowledge that they would provide the cover...For much of his career at Chelsea, Frank Lampard was given the same protection by the likes of Claude Makélélé.

"I feel that Wilshere does not have that freedom. He is caught between being an attacking midfielder and one with defensive responsibilities. At Arsenal he does not have the security of a top-level defensive midfielder alongside him. It is the same with England."

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