Neville's England appointment is genius, says Wilshere

Arsenal man has lauded the decision to hand the pundit a role in the Three Lions coaching set-up and has urged Roy Hodgson to coax Paul Scholes out of international retirement

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has described England's decision to add Gary Neville to their coaching staff as "genius".

Rumours were rife over who head-coach Roy Hodgson would be adding to his staff, with Alan Shearer one of the names hotly tipped to be joining the Three Lions set-up.

However, the former United man has been handed the post and Wilshere believes the appointment is an inspired one.

"The appointment of Gary Neville is genius," Wilshere told talkSPORT. "When you watch him on Sky, his football knowledge is clear for everyone to see.

"I think it's important that he's a young guy who knows the dressing room. He's played with or against most of the guys and his hunger on the pitch was clear, so hopefully he can bring that into the dressing room."

Gary Neville’s former United teammate Paul Scholes is another Wilshere believes could bring valuable experience to the England camp.

Despite retiring from international football in 2004, Scholes was almost lured back into the international set-up by Fabio Capello in 2010, and Wilshere believes Hodgson could do a lot worse than to coax the 37-year-old out of international retirement.

He continued: "I would love to play with Scholes. When I was growing up, he was one of the best midfielders in the country, and he still is.

"I'm sure the young players would all look up to him so it would be a good move if he did come out of retirement."