Manchester United hero Paul Scholes heaped praise on Jack Wilshere following his encouraging performance against the Republic of Ireland in what is a sea change from his previous perception of our midfield star, the Daily Mail reports.
Wilshere was the only bright spark in an otherwise dire England performance at the Aviva Stadium and Scholes acknowledged that our academy graduate is now the leading midfielder in the national side.
Scholes had previously been very critical of Wilshere and claimed that he hadn’t improved since he broke onto the scene at the age of 17.
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“Injuries have not helped him but his development, from being 17, he does not look any better player now than when he was 17,” Scholes said in March of last year (via the Express).
Fast-forward to this weekend and Scholes is clearly starting to appreciate the talents of the 23-year-old and singled him out as the only player with a sense of bravery for England during Sunday’s friendly.
“I think he still has got a bit of pace to beat people and he can play clever balls down the side.
“He can create goals, he can score goals so I think he is better with someone like a Michael Carrick beside him.
“I think he (Wilshere) was the only one. Apart from that on either side there was a real lack of quality and a waste of an afternoon.”
Wilshere produced some positive performances for us in the final few games of the season and will now be looking to enjoy a solid pre-season ahead of what is a crucial period for both club and country.
It is imperative that he remains injury-free in order to fulfill the potential Arsenal fans around the world know he possesses.