Steven Gerrard has backed Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere to take over the armband in the future as he has the qualities to be a huge player for the England National side.
Wilshere will be looking to add to his seven caps when England take on Scotland on Wednesday, and despite the limited experience he has had with the Three Lions, the current skipper feels he has seen enough to see the glowing potential in the 21-year-old.
The Gunners talisman has missed plenty of football over the past two seasons with injuries setting him back left, right and centre, but with a promising pre-season under his belt Gerrard feels there is little doubt Wilshere will reach 100 caps and become captain of his country.
The Liverpool midfielder told reporters at England’s pre-match press conference:
I’m sure once he gets to my age, he will probably be sitting in my position with the armband on talking about another 100-cap player, he is that good,” stated Gerrard.
His quality, his example in training every day, he seems a level-headed kid. He wants to learn, he loves England, he’s going to be around the top for a long, long time. He ticks a lot of boxes when it comes down to other players following his lead.
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Jack’s got many strengths to his game and I’m itching to get out there and show we can form a good partnership. A lot of people have spoken about it for a long time but we haven’t managed to be fit at the same time and have a run of games together.
But I think with the right amount of time we can form a partnership that will complement each other and I believe we can give anyone a game.
We’ve spoken many a time about the fact that for this team to move forward and improve we need all our fit and top players available. Even though he’s young, without adding pressure on him, he’s one of the best players in the squad.
Obviously I’m really paranoid about putting too much pressure on any player, especially Jack, but he certainly has the quality to do that.
Fingers crossed, he stays fit and is available for the next four qualifiers because for me, coming to the end of an England career, I want to make the most of my last bit of time. Hopefully Jack can help us achieve something.
Gerrard is not the only one with fingers crossed as Gooners wait anxiously for the end of the international friendlies and pray for no further injuries. Wilshere has spent a great deal of time out, including missing most of the start of last season as well as majority of the important run-in. But this season is where he can really push on and show what he can really do. He has the potential to become both England and Arsenal captain, he has maturity well beyond his years.
Arsene Wenger will no doubt ease him into the League this weekend with plenty of options in the Gunners midfield and Hodgson has already claimed he will look to protect Wilshere in their friendly against Scotland this week. Theo Walcott had an injury scare, but the England boss has confirmed that he will be alright to continue with the squad this week.
To the big guy upstairs: No injuries please!