Former United star: These two Arsenal players need to step up

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Bryan Robson feels that Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney is England’s only world class player.

Former Manchester United player Bryan Robson has called on Arsenal duo Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott to realise their potential and step up for England, the Daily Mail report.

As the Three Lions prepare to take on Slovenia in their Euro 2016 qualifier, United striker Wayne Rooney stands just three goals short of the all-time scoring record.

The former Everton man has realised his potential at both Old Trafford and on the international stage, but can the same be said of England’s young strikers?

Former United player Robson feels that the potential is there but says that Arsenal’s Wilshere and Walcott need to now step up to the plate.

“We have had Steven Gerrard, we’ve had some good defenders but Wayne is the one world-class player we have at the moment. He stands out,” Robson explained.

“There’s a lot of talk about the talent and potential of others but really it’s time for Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and the rest to step up. They need to take responsibility for who they are and what they can become and prove themselves on this stage.”

Do Arsenal duo Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere need to show more?

In a nutshell, yes. The duo were labelled as England’s most talented players in their respective positions as youngsters, but they’ve simply not done enough.

For the Gunners, Wilshere’s injury problems has restricted his progress and question marks remain over his ideal position – is he better as an attacking midfielder or as a deep-lying playmaker?

Walcott, likewise, was extremely highly-rated as a youngster and even drew parallels with club legend Thierry Henry due to his immense burst of speed and ability to attack off the left flank.

The next 12 months are so important for the two players, both in North London and the following summer in France where England are all but assured of a place at the 2016 European Championships.

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