Wilshere confident he can deal with weight of England expectation.
Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere admits he feels the pressure of being England’s saviour.
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Like Wayne Rooney and Paul Gascoigne before him, the midfielder has been billed as the next great hope of English football since making his debut for the Three Lions aged 19.
A succession of injuries have limited the now 22-year-old to just 14 more caps for his country but the playmaker is expected to recover from his latest complaint, a broken bone in his foot, to feature for Roy Hodgson’s side at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
The Gunners star has admitted he is feeling the pressure but insists he is strong enough to cope.
“It’s brought pressure on me. I’m not sure it’s unwanted pressure,” Wilshere is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.
“I think when you play at the highest level, there is pressure all the time.”
England have been criticised for their lack of technical ability, something Wilshere and Arsenal have been praised for, but the Londoner was quick to hit back at those who claim Hodgson’s side are not good enough to compete in Brazil.
He added: “Just because we don’t play like Spain doesn’t mean we haven’t got a high level of technical ability. We’re changing our game all the time and we want to adapt it to a level where we are going to be able to win things at an international level.
“If that requires passing it around a bit more, then we’ll do it. But at the moment, we’re doing all right. We’ve got to the World Cup, so we’ll stick to our guns for the moment.”