VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Middle class
Thursday, 10 February, 2011
Jack Wilshere tells FATV he is comfortable in deeper midfield role.
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After putting in an impressive 45 minutes for England against Denmark on Wednesday evening, from a hitherto largely unfamiliar deeper midfield role, Jack Wilshere said he was at ease in that position, admitting he would “play anywhere” for his country.
Fabio Capello handed the Arsenal starlet his first start for the senior team and, alongside skipper Frank Lampard, the diminutive playmaker produced some confident touches in The Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, launching attacks with elegant swings of his left foot.
“I’m delighted to get my first [start] for the senior team and hopefully I can get many more,” Wilshere told FATV. “Before the game you want to get your first touch and first tackle and thankfully it went well.
“I’ll play anywhere for my country. I’m used to playing in midfield and I think the defending side I need to improve on my game, so it’s good to come here and play against top class players in that role. You get on the ball a lot more there, you can see a lot more of the game and [you can] pick your passes better.”
England fell behind to Daniel Agger’s eight-minute header, but Darren Bent equalised just two minutes later, touching home Theo Walcott’s cross. Half-time substitute Ashley Young completed a deserved comeback on 68 minutes, finding the bottom corner with a fine finish.
“I think we showed good character tonight,” reflected Wilshere. “We went 1-0 down to a good header to be fair and Benty was there in the right place and we showed good character to come back and win the game.”
Next up for England is a Euro 2012 qualifier in Wales on 26 March.
“It’s a big game,” said Wilshere. “It’s a qualifier, so hopefully we can go there and get the three points.”