The former Barcelona star says it is pivotal that England keep Wilshere fit as they struggle for top quality central midfielders at present.
Wilshere has been highly rated for a number of years since breaking through at Arsenal, and he looks very much the complete midfielder when fully fit and in his best form for Arsene Wenger’s side.
However, staying fit has often been the issue for Wilshere who has suffered from a number of niggling injuries over the years, as well as several big long term ones.
He is currently out injured at the minute having battled back to fitness and form at the end of the last campaign, and Xavi says he believes Wilshere would be one of the top central midfielders in the game had he remained injury free up to now.
“If he had a career that had been injury-free we would already be talking about him as one of the top central midfield players in Europe,” the Mirror reports him saying.
“I have played against him, I have watched him carefully, and if he can overcome injuries, then he can still go on an be one of the best midfield players in the world.”
Despite Wilshere’s fitness issues, Xavi does however believe that Wilshere is currently the future of English football, especially the national side.
There is currently a dearth of quality central midfield players for England manager Roy Hodgson to select, with nobody as yet having stepped up to replace the likes of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in the side.
And Xavi says he sees Wilshere as the man to take up that mantle if they can keep him fit.
“For many years now the one position England have not struggled with is world-class midfield players. Scholes, and then more recently Lampard and Gerrard,” he added.
“Now I see Wilshere as the future of English football, that is why it is so important they keep him fit. “He has an excellent passing range, an ability not to lose the ball, it is clear that he has had his education at Arsenal.”