Roy Hodgson has heaped praise on Jack Wilshere for his part in England’s 3-2 victory against Slovenia in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Sunday afternoon.
(Video) Slovenia 2-3 England Euro 2016 Qualifying highlights: Wilshere nets brace and Rooney closes in on record
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The Arsenal man scored a stunning brace during the second half in Ljubljana to help the Three Lions fight back from a goal down to preserve their 100 per cent record in Group E.
It has been a tough last few weeks for the 23-year-old, who was fined by the FA for his actions during the Gunners’ FA Cup trophy parade last month as he led an anti-Tottenham chant.
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However, he found the perfect way to make the headlines for all the right reasons with his first two goals in his 28th cap for the national team and Hodgson admitted he was more than impressed with the midfielder:
“Jack took over the midfield in the second half. That was good to see,” the England manager said after the game [via Express Sport]
“Not just any old goals from Jack Wilshere, they weren’t exactly tap-ins,” Hodgson added.
After scoring a stunner against West Brom for Arsenal on the last day of the Premier League season, Wilshere will be hoping to maintain his recent good form going into next year as he faces stiff competition for a midfield place at the Emirates.
The emergence of Francis Coquelin alongside Santi Cazorla means the England man is not guaranteed a start in the engine room under Arsene Wenger.
Manchester City have been linked with a move for Wilshere this summer as they look to add homegrown players to the squad [via BBC Sport], but Wenger has already insisted he has no plans to let the midfielder join a rival for the league title next season [via Mirror Sport].