Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has defended his England teammates against Paul Scholes, after the former Manchester United player branded the Three Lions’ goalless draw at the Aviva Stadium against the Republic of Ireland as “a waste of an afternoon”, The Telegraph reports.
Scholes, while completing his punditry duties, laid into England’s uninspiring performance last weekend in typical fashion. After a career at the top-level where he gained a reputation as a shy individual who would rather do his talking on the pitch, he has grown into an outspoken and blunt pundit who does almost nothing but criticise
In fairness to Scholes however, he did shower Wilshere with praise, and stated that he was the only England player who operated with any purpose.
“I think he (Wilshere) was the only one,” Scholes said, when asked to name the positives in England’s performance (via the Daily Mail).
Wilshere was in no mood to return the compliments when speaking to The Telegraph this week though, and objected to Scholes’ comments regarding the overall performance from the national team against the Republic of Ireland.
“You could ask a lot of the boys and they wouldn’t know what he said,” our academy graduate said.
“It was only because I saw it on Twitter [that I know].”
Wilshere and Scholes have a history after the former Manchester United man laid into the 23-year-old during a brief appearance on Sky weeks before our FA Cup final in 2014.
Wilshere later revealed that he requested the phone number of a player he considered as a major inspiration and demanded an explanation (via the Mirror).
“I remember watching it. He was having a go at Arsenal and I was thinking; ‘Is he going to come for me?’,” Wilshere narrated.
“I spoke to him, he explained it a bit better and told me what he thought I should work on.”
After a brief respite, it seems as though two of England’s most gifted midfielders over the past decade will continue their war of words.