Arsenal’s English players Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could not hide their delight after England beat Scotland at Celtic Park yesterday.
The Arsenal pair were dangerous throughout, and showed their class by combining beautifully for the visitors’ first goal. Wilshere floated in a perfect pass to the Scots’ area for Oxlade-Chamberlain to nod home.
A brace from Wayne Rooney was enough to see the English home and Scotland never looked like threatening despite scoring once.
Both players were understandably elated after the result which means that the Three Lions remain unbeaten in six games. Wilshere is quickly growing into a mainstay in the way English midfield and seems to be the ideal candidate to take over the roles of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. The Ox, meanwhile, has taken every opportunity to impress and looks to be a bright prospect for both club and country. both Arsene Wenger and Roy Hodgson have some tough choices ahead now that Theo Walcott has returned to full fitness.
This is what Wilshere had to say:
We loved every minute of that.
We knew going into the game it was going to be a great occasion and we rose to it. We knew what it meant to the fans and I’m delighted we got the win.
I’ve come back from a long injury and it’s tough coming back from that.
Before when I came back I kept picking up injuries but now I’ve finally got a run and I’m happy with my form.
And this is what goalscorer Oxlade-Chamberlain had to say:
When Jack gets on the ball in that deep position we’re told as wingers and forwards to make that run because we know he can find that ball and tonight, luckily enough he did.
I don’t score many headers so it was nice to see that go in.
After the World Cup we learned that without wins and results the team gets nowhere. The main thing for us is to get results on the table in our [European qualifying] group and if it’s a friendly we want to win that as well.
Having a winning mentality is going to be important for us going forward.
Games like this tonight are massive for the country and massive for us as players but as a team it’s important we win them.
Hopefully their enthusiasm carries over to the rest of the team for the game against Manchester United. The Red Devils have not been this vulnerable in ages and their injury problems are even worse than ours. A win against them at the Emirates should help in restoring the players’ self confidence, especially with a crucial Champions league clash against Borussia Dortmund coming up.