Monday, 28 March 2011

Jack Wilshire

For some time now I, as an English football fan, have continually been disappointed at the grotesque attempts of the England football team to win any significant event. Time after time we have flattered to deceive and I have long since lost count of how many 'golden generations' we have had. I also suspect that our football writers have all had their fingers burned far too often to offer optimistic reviews but on Saturday I detected a sign that we have a real star burning brightly on the horizon.

OK it was 'only' Wales and they are not the strongest opposition but the performance of young Jack Wilshire Arsenal's 19 year old midfielder, was as promising as any I can remember for many years. His ball control and vision was more akin to someone raised in Brazil or Spain and allowed those around him the time to develop and demonstrate their own skills.

The understanding between Wilshire and Scott Parker in one game went way beyond anything demonstrated by Lampard and Gerrard in dozens of games. They allowed others like Glen Johnson and Ashley Young  to find the room to shine. It was most promising and hopefully could be a sign for the future.

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