Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere featured heavily as England fought their way to a 1-0 win over Estonia at Tallinn. The midfielder looked good both on and off the ball, and created a couple of great chances that Rooney was unfortunately unable to convert.
But England captain Rooney scored a good free kick late in the second half to give England the win, and ensure that the Three Lions continue their 100 percent record in the Euro 2016 qualification. After the good performance against Switzerland last month, the wins against San Marino and Estonia this time around mean that England have scored 8 and conceded 0 so far, and sit at the top of their group with nine points.
England have not conceded a goal since their World Cup defeat by Uruguay in the summer, and despite the relative weakness of their opposition, Wilshere has been delighted by the team’s improvement.
We’re trying to become better as a team. On the pitch and off the pitch we are really close.
On the pitch we are starting to become a horrible team to play against. We’ve got a great, compact unit there in the middle, we get after the ball and we win it.
We talk about the ‘five-second fury’ when we lose it – go get it back. We are starting to do those things.
Wilshere has been handed an important role as the holding midfielder in Roy Hodgson’s midfield diamond, and the young Englishman has turned in a series of strong performances in the role. Aside from the knock picked up by Danny Welbeck, it was another good day for the Three Lions yesterday. Now all eyes will turn to this weekend and the next round of Premier League fixtures, in which Arsenal host Hull City.