Jack Wilshere: Tottenham legend Paul Gascoigne inspired my England performance

The Arsenal midfielder has spoken about the effect the new documentary on Paul Gascoigne's life has had on him.

It’s fair to say Jack Wilshere isn’t hugely admired by the Spurs faithful, not least due to his recent outburst at The Gunner’s FA Cup parade, but a recent revelation by the Arsenal man may go some way towards improving relations.

The 23-year old has been compared to former Spurs icon Paul Gascoigne before, with his technical ability and fondness for beating players, at times, reminiscent of the Geordie.

Wilshere admitted to watching the newly released documentary ‘Gascoigne’ on England's recent flight to Ljubljana for a Euro 2016 qualifier with Slovenia and has been discussing its impact in an interview with The Telegraph.

He said: “It did inspire me. You could tell by the way he was going out and playing for England, he didn’t feel any fear. He was over that.”

He hoped to replicate Gazza’s carefree style of play and avoid the stifling fear that can sometimes come with international football.

Wilshere added: “Sometimes when they play for their country I think players feel a little bit of fear and a bit of pressure.

“You do sometimes feel like that. He did it (play without fear) and he was England’s best player so it’s worth a try.”

The DVD seemed to do the trick as Wilshere led England to a 3-2 victory with two fantastic strikes Gascoigne would certainly have been proud of.

For all of Wilshere’s composure and skill on the ball, the shortcoming in his game has always been his output. The level of goals and assists hasn’t been as high as his talent warrants and this, coupled with his run of injuries, has meant he hasn’t yet reached his potential.

The Arsenal man is aware of what he needs to add to his game if he’s to make the step up to the next level, saying: “I’ve been open about it and saying for club and country I know I haven’t scored enough.”

If Wilshere can manage to add goals and influence to his game and replicate performances like that against Slovenia on Sunday, on a consistent basis, those Gascoigne comparisons will start to sit a little easier on his shoulders. 

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