Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney lavished praise on Jack Wilshere after his stunning display against Slovenia in England’s last European Championship qualifier of the season, ITV reports.
Wilshere produced two sensational strikes from outside the penalty area to help England to a 3-2 win and his overall display proved to many that the 23-year-old can become a linchpin for his national side.
Rooney’s praise exceeded that of many others after he claimed that should Wilshere stay fit, he can become one of the best players in the world.
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“He’s been fantastic,” Rooney said after England’s dramatic win.
“Jack and myself have formed a good understanding on the pitch when he’s in that deeper role.
“He’s still learning, he’s a young player, but it’s a new role that he’s taken in his stride. Hopefully, he’s injury free because he will be a top player in world football.”
Wilshere was once again deployed in the deeper role, but his attacking prowess has led to some intriguing debates regarding the position he should occupy in the future.
Our academy graduate always looks dangerous in the final third with his dribbling abilities coupled with his sudden burst of pace, but looking after his long-term health is of paramount importance.
Wilshere is more prone to dangerous tackles if he’s provoking the opposition’s defence with the ball at his feet and a deeper midfield role could be more suitable for him in the near future.