101 touches, 5 key passes: Arsenal's Wilshere is shining light in drab England win

Jack Wilshere Press Conference - 18/02/2014

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere impressed as England struggled to victory against Estonia on Sunday.

England laboured to a scrappy 1-0 win against Estonia in Tallinn on Sunday evening, with Wayne Rooney's free-kick finally breaking the deadlock against the 10-man hosts. The Three Lions enjoyed plenty of possession, but struggled to break down their stubborn European opposition.

Jack Wilshere proved one of few bright sparks in Roy Hodgson's lacklustre side. He was influential in the final third, while weighing in when called upon in defence. After suffering numerous injury setbacks over the past few seasons, he finally seems to have discovered his role in the current England team.

The 22-year-old has been deployed in holding-midfield since the beginning of the Three Lions' qualification campaign, a position in which he is clearly eager to thrive.

Always on the look-out for the ball, he proved comfortable in possession. In total he accumulated an impressive 101 touches - a superior total to any other player.

His creative efforts were particularly impressive, and he would have notched a few assists, had it not been for the misfiring form of captain Wayne Rooney.

He displayed a superb range of passing throughout, recording an 82.1% completion rate, from 84 attempts to find a team-mate. In total he fashioned five key passes; another match-best.

The sprightly midfielder won his fair share of free-kicks, causing havoc with his close control and clever dribbling. He completed six take ons in his attempts to get the ball moving in midfield.

His skill in possession provided him with his solitary shooting opportunity of the match. After collecting a loose ball, he burst into the Estonia penalty area, before firing past the post.

In his attempts to assist the England back-four, he won three tackles and one aerial duel, while completing one second-half clearance. 

The homework looks to be paying off as Wilshere enjoyed one of his best games in an England shirt.

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