Wilshere: England do not lack technical ability

The Arsenal midfielder says the Three Lions have their own style and admits that he does feel the pressure that comes with being a regular for club and country
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says England do not play like other nations but insists that does not mean they lack in technical ability.

Roy Hodgson’s men will take their place at this summer’s World Cup after topping their qualification group and will face Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in the group stages in Brazil.

The 22-year-old, meanwhile, has missed Arsenal’s past five games with a foot injury sustained while on international duty for England against Denmark and says the Three Lions have their own style.

“I believe we don’t really play like other nations, but in the end we’ve got our own style,” he told RWD Football. “We’ve got our own way of playing. That’s England.

“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.”

Wilshere also admits that he does feel the pressure that comes with being a regular for both club and country, despite still only being 22.
“It’s brought pressure on me. I’m not sure it’s unwanted pressure. I think when you play at the highest level, there is pressure all the time,” he added.

“Also a lot of fans pay good money and a lot of people come and watch like friends, family and the media in particular. That’s their job. So they have to analyse your performance and they have to have someone who they can sort of put up on a pedestal.”