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Scholes: Wilshere is England's best player

12:10 PM GMT+4 15/10/2014
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The Arsenal midfielder played the full 90 minutes during the Three Lions' qualifying wins over San Marino and Estonia and has been hailed by the former Manchester United star

Paul Scholes believes Jack Wilshere has developed into England’s best player, because “the penny has dropped” with the Arsenal midfielder.

The 22-year-old, who played 180 minutes for the Three Lions in the Euro 2016 qualifying wins over San Marino and Estonia, had previously been criticised by the former Manchester United man for failing to develop since breaking into the Gunners' first team.

But Scholes has now hailed Wilshere, who was tasked with playing at the base of a midfield diamond by Roy Hodgson, and the 39-year-old Old Trafford legend was particularly impressed by the midfielder’s passing range.

“I thought Jack Wilshere had two very good games for England during the last week,” he wrote in the Independent. “I would go one step further than that and say that, at the moment, Wilshere is England’s best player.

“The penny has dropped and he has added another dimension to his game. He has always been capable of that intricate passing game. Now he can play the ball long, too.”

Scholes also praised the chemistry between Wilshere and his former team-mate Wayne Rooney following their impressive link-up play in recent fixtures.

“The quality of some of those passes into Wayne Rooney in Estonia was very high,” he added.

“You cannot underestimate the importance of eye-contact between a midfielder and a striker in those situations. Wilshere mentioned it in one of the interviews that he gave and I would agree that it is critical.

“With the great forwards I played with, it was often the case that you did not need a call or a signal. Often, it was just a look and it was enough to know where they were going. Wilshere and Rooney seemed to have that.”