Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere left an old Gunner with egg on his face yesterday, following Lee Dixon’s comments on ITV.
Before England’s European qualifier against Slovenia had kicked off, Dixon claimed that England’s midfield had a problem in terms of goal getting midfielders and he mentioned Wilshere as one of the affected players.
“I think what England’s midfield lacks in Wilshere and (Fabian) Delph, are those goal scoring midfielders,” he said.
Whether Wilshere was listening or not is unknown, but he rose to the occasion yesterday with a big performance and two superb goals, which helped his country to a 3-2 win.
Wilshere controlled England’s midfield well and found space when he ran forward from deep positions.
He got into pockets where he could meet a pass as well as finding a couple of yards to pick his spot with a shot on the Slovenian goal.
Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph worked hard throughout the game, but Wilshere showcased a side of his game that Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger haven’t always seen.
His challenge is going to replicate this sort of performance when his club side meets up again for pre-season and the international breaks, which will follow over the first half of next season.
He’s got a real opportunity to become the consistent and dynamic forward thinking midfielder that he’s always threatened to be.
Hopefully Wenger and England boss Roy Hodgson can continue giving him that platform to perform on.