Roy Hodgson says Arsenal star Jack Wilshere bossed the midfield against Slovenia

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Roy Hodgson hailed Jack Wilshere's performance after the midfielder steered England to victory in Slovenia.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere scored two stunning goals to haul England back into the game against Slovenia after Milivoje Novakovic's cool finish put the hosts ahead at half time.

Despite scoring a brace and being in the lead, the tie was far from over. Nejc Pecnik's 85-minute header put both sides level before Wayne Rooney scored a late winner which equaled his international goalscoring record with Gary Lineker.

Rooney just needs one more goal to reach Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time England record with 49 goals.

However, Roy Hodgson claimed Wilshere's second half performance was the catalyst for his side's resurgence.

"Both of Jack's strikes were fantastic and really summed up his game in particular the second half where he took over the midfield," Hodgson told the FA.

"It's good to see he's not only creating chances for us and doing his work defensively but also chipping in with two very important goals that put us on the front foot after coming in on the back foot at half time."

Wilshere's goals were his first in an England shirt after already making 28 appearances for his country at first-team level. He will be hoping they are the first of many to come with the Three Lions in a good position to qualify for Euro 2016 in France.

"It's nice to get my first couple of goals for England. It's been a long time coming," Wilshere said.

"I've had a few chances in previous games and today, luckily, they went in. When the first one came to me I just hit it and it went in so that gave me confidence for the second one."

He added: "I've been open about saying I want to add more goals to my game. You look at the top midfielders for England, like Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Paul Scholes - they all scored goals and it's something I want to add to my game."

Wilshere has always had the potential to be a very good midfielder but due to being unfortunate with injuries his development never really got a chance to kick on.

Now there appears to be a level of maturity in his game when given a role rather than free-roaming around the pitch and finding himself in tackles he doesn't need to be making.

Hodgson will be hoping Wilshere's form continues into next season and he can get a break from injuries. Scoring goals like he did against Slovenia will help England move forward.

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