Former Arsenal and England defender Martin Keown has commented about the performance of Jack Wilshere following England’s 3-1 win over Scotland. Keown argued that Roy Hodgson’s men need to give Wilshere the ball more as he is “supremely talented.”
Wilshere has been instrumental for England in their last two games against Slovenia and Scotland and is quickly becoming an key part of the English side.
Against Slovenia, Wilshere’s ability to beat his man and his penetrating pass helped Wayne Rooney win a penalty. While against Scotland, the Arsenal playmaker played a sensational pass over the Scotland defence, which Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain headed in.
Keown wrote in his Daily Mail column:
England need to get Jack Wilshere on the ball more. He’s our playmaker and is supremely talented and England weren’t looking for him enough against Scotland. When they did finally get him on the ball, we saw with the goal just what he is capable of.
But Wilshere is partly to blame too. He was sometimes standing in positions where he couldn’t receive the ball that easily from his team-mates.
He needs to work harder to find the space so the rest of the team can get him on the ball in dangerous positions.
The 22-year-old has been deployed in a variety of roles for England. For Arsene Wenger, Wilshere is more of attacking midfielder, often playing in the number ten role. While for Hodgson, the midfielder plays in a more withdrawn role, meaning he has to keep things ticking over, while resisting the urge to attack from deep. He has regularly impressed in both roles, but obviously prefers to attack more and needs to work on the defensive aspects of his game.
However, for a player of his age, he has remarkable maturity and talent, and that should only get better with more experience. Wilshere looks set to be an Arsenal mainstay for years to come.