Paul Scholes criticises Wilshere & Oxlade-Chamberlain and questions Downing selection

Jack Wilshere

The former England midfielder is 'mystified' by the recent praise of Roy Hodgson's side.

It seems Paul Scholes was less than impressed by England's 3-1 win over Scotland on Tuesday night.

Roy Hodgson's side received plenty of plaudits for their convincing win over Gordon Strachan's charges, where Jack Wilshere was voted man of the match and his Arsenal team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also scored.

Scholes, however, saw major flaws in both of the Gunners' performances, comparing England to a 'mid-ranking Championship club.'

"There were times on Tuesday night when the praise heaped on the England team for their performance against Scotland simply mystified me," the 40-year-old wrote in his weekly column for the Independent and London Evening Standard.

"My overall view of the Scotland v England game? It was like a game between one mid-ranking Championship club, England, and another low-ranking Championship club.

"The issues have not changed for me. Wilshere gave the ball away too often. Oxlade-Chamberlain kept misjudging simple passes."

Meanwhile, on the inclusion of West Ham United midfielder Stewart Downing, a critical Scholes said:

"As an aside, I could see little value in playing Ross Barkley for a few minutes at the end of the game.

"Why is he behind Stewart Downing, a player who is now 30 and last won an international cap more than two years ago?

"I have said before in this column that Downing’s season has been impressive and his recall justified - but not to the extent that he takes a place in the team ahead of a young player who is ready to play senior international football."

Arsenal host Manchester United tomorrow evening, while West Ham travel to Everton, where Downing will likely come up against Barkley.

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