74 touches, two goals: Arsenal ace Jack Wilshere’s best ever performance for England

Jack Wilshere

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere was instrumental during England’s 3-2 win in Slovenia.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere had his best ever game for England on Sunday as his two second-half goals helped the Three Lions recover from a one-goal deficit to claim the three points.

The Gunners ace has enduring a tough past season, spending much of the campaign on the side-lines with injury and facing the prospect of losing out on a regular first-team spot.

Many observers put his predicament down to a lack of having a concrete role in the team, speaking plenty of debate as to whether he is better as an attacking midfielder or defensive midfielder.

Truth be told, Wilshere is capable of being both as he demonstrated on Sunday with a performance as good as any other England central midfielder in recent history.

  GoalsShotsTacklesInterceptionsTouchesAccurate PassesPass success %Mins Played
Jack Wilshere 2 2 4 4 74 57 91.2% 90

As per the table above, the 23-year-old was instrumental all over the pitch and Roy Hodgson’s men are largely indebted to him for pulling off what at one point looked like an unlikely victory.

Aside from his two goals - the second being outrageously good technically – Wilshere took 74 touches and completed 57 passes with a success rate of 91.2%.

Defensively, the Arsenal product was disciplined and precise, making four tackles and four interceptions which happened to be more than any other player in a red shirt.

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney grabbed the all-important late goal to seal victory, but England’s success was very much Wilshere’s doing and he rightfully earned the plaudits post match.

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