Gary Neville has backed Jack Wilshere after his recent run-in with the FA, with the England coach claiming Wilshere’s expletive chant towards Spurs was one of the best things he’s seen over the past decade, talkSPORT reports.
Wilshere led our fans through a number of chants at the Emirates Stadium as we celebrated our second FA Cup triumph in as many years.
The 23-year-old also sang those chants a year prior to his latest episode, and Neville is upset that a professional footballer has been punished for showing passion and connecting with his fans.
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“When Jack Wilshere swore on a bus ride, I actually thought it was one of the best things I’ve seen from a football player in the past five or 10 years,” Neville told Sport magazine.
“If I was a manager of players that all had that passion… Alright, they’d obviously been out the night before.
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“But the reality of it is we cry out for players to have passion, and yet we are quite critical of them when they display passion.”
Wilshere is arguably one of the best players in the Premier League in terms of maintaining his rapport with the fans, and shows that on a consistent basis.
Coming through the ranks at our club, Wilshere was an Arsenal fan long before he was a first-team player, and if a trophy parade isn’t a time to show emotion, then when is it acceptable?
At least Wilshere’s coach at international level agrees.