Arsenals’ talented prodigy who has in recent times come under several severe criticism over his style of play has once again been spotted out, and this time he has been predicted not to play any part for the Three Lions in the World Cup showdown taking place in Brazil.
Jack Wilshere is short of form and confidence and will not play any part for England at the World Cup. That is the view of Three Lions legend and former Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce according to talkSPORT.
Wilshere was seen as the future kingpin of England’s midfield after bursting on to the international scene in 2011, aged just 18, but he has been blighted by injury problems.
He is back fit after missing the last two months of the Premier League season and featured in the warm-up games against Ecuador and Honduras.
According to Pearce, however, the 22-year-old is not the player of old and will not be trusted by Roy Hodgson at the World Cup.
Speaking on the Colin Murray show, Pearce said:
“I think there are five players that will not kick a ball at the World Cup. Forster and Foster are the obvious ones and I think Shaw, Smalling and Wilshere will be the others.
“I think he [Wilshere] is very, very short of form. Watching the last game [against Honduras] I didn’t see a Wilshere that sprung on the scene many months ago.
“I just think he is very, very short of confidence and I see Lampard, Lallana or Barkley ahead of him now.
“I just feel his lack of form really [will cost him] and that will be on Roy’s mind. He had a very disappointing last game and he has not shown me the fully fit Wilshere we saw when he came on the scene.”
Jack had also during the course of last season been heavily criticized by Arsenal legend and former Manchester United midfield ace Paul Scholes who insisted that the player had not improved since the age of 17.
The former Arsenal star said…
“Jack Wilshere can be a world class player,” he told talkSPORT. “I’ve seen him from a young boy and he’s an outstanding footballer.
“Paul Scholes is right though, he hasn’t developed as well as everybody would have liked him to.
“He lacks discipline. He wants to get on the ball and charge into tackles, there seems to be no discipline.