Manchester United legend Paul Scholes explained on ITV what he liked about Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere’s performance against Ireland yesterday.
Scholes, a pundit for ITV’s coverage, suggested that Wilshere was the standout performer for England in an otherwise flat performance as Roy Hodgson’s team left Dublin with a 0-0 draw for their efforts.
“He’s the one that stands out – What I like is the bravery he’s showing and the urgency he’s showing,” he said.
Wilshere had a difficult season in Arsenal colours in the last campaign, hampered because of an ankle injury he picked up during the Premier League game against Manchester United at the Emirates.
England’s game yesterday was always going to be a difficult one for the players to get themselves up for.
It was an important match because of the next European qualifier this weekend, but with the season having finished in terms of club duties, one or two players looked as though they were already thinking about their summer holiday.
However, Wilshere played as though he had a point to prove around the pitch; he snapped at the heels of the opposition and looked to make it very difficult for them to have any time or freedom in possession.
Wilshere has to work hard in any opportunity he gets, because central midfield is a strong area of Arsene Wenger’s squad, which could be improved further over the next couple of months.
It’s down to him to make himself first choice for when the competitive action returns.