Will Wilshere shine at the World Cup?
England will go into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with considerably lowered expectations and hopes across fans and pundits alike. This summer may prove an exception to the norm, but the belief that England can be competitive has been flattened by less than inspiring performances in recent years. There is also the realisation that numerous other countries, such as Belgium, Germany and Colombia, have changed their philosophy and are bearing the fruit of a new generation of players coming through that far surpass the quality that England have at their disposal.
Roy Hodgson does, however, have a number of promising young players to choose from, with many featuring in his 23-man squad for the World Cup as the England manager has gone for youth ahead of experience. Ahead of the pack is Arsenal star Jack Wilshere who has the potential to become the England’s best player in the future – although his progression has been disrupted by a series of niggling injuries. England fans will keep tabs on the latest World Cup news to see if the young Gunner wins his race against time to be fully fit for the 2014 World Cup.
Despite numerous injuries derailing his rapid rise to prominence, Jack Wilshere remains amongst the most talented England midfielders in the country who has the potential to become a truly wonderful player. Technically gifted at just 22, Wilshere plays with considerable maturity beyond his years and already has the quality to dictate the tempo and control games for Arsenal. His vision, range of passing and combination play could be invaluable for England to utilise at the World Cup, although there are serious doubts as to whether Wilshere will be fully fit to make a real impact.
A hairline fracture in his left foot caused by a robust challenge by Daniel Agger in late March put Wilshere out for six weeks, but he must be nursed back gradually in order to prevent a complete breakdown which could have a detrimental effect on his career. The recent critism aimed at Wilshire by Paul Scholes only served to highlight this issue. The inclusion of Wilshere in the England squad may be seen as a considerable risk to take given his serious fitness doubts, but his undoubted quality is important to England’s chances. It remains to be seen whether the Arsenal star will be 100% fit to play a starring role in Brazil, but if he loses his fitness battle then Wilshere could still be utilised as an impact player from the bench.
Although England’s hopes of doing the nation proud would be bolstered if Wilshere wins his race against time to fully recover from his broken foot injury, they still have to face Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in a group which many believe will be too strong for England to qualify from. The opening game in Group D against Italy will be a true indication of whether England have the belief and quality in their side to compete at the World Cup; it is a game they must not lose if England are to go far in Brazil, and hopefully avoid penalties along the way. A fit Jack Wilshere could make the all important difference in midfield, particularly against Italy and Uruguay in games which will ultimately determine who will qualify for the next round.
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