England's Jack Wilshere confident of World Cup qualification with two home games ahead
Ukraine 0-0 England
FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifier
Tuesday 10 September 2013
Olympic Stadium, Kiev
Jack Wilshere is confident England can secure their place in the World Cup Finals next month.
The Three Lions midfielder was part of the team which was held to a 0-0 draw by group rivals Ukraine in Kiev on Tuesday night.
That result means that two wins in their remaining fixtures against Montenegro and Poland will be enough to seal top spot in Group H and qualification for next summer’s extravaganza in Brazil.
And with both matches on home turf at Wembley, the Arsenal midfielder believes that England's six-point target is more than achievable.
Wilshere said: "We have got two home games now.
“We expect to win our home games and if we do, then we will be on the plane to Brazil so that was a good point in Ukraine.
"In the end it was a fair result. We wanted to win, but sometimes the ball doesn't bounce for you.
"At half-time we said; 'look, it's there to be won for us' but overall, we were happy as this (Kiev) is a difficult place to come.
"It was a strange game. One minute we were on the attack and the other minute they were. We defended really well. We stood up to them and had a few chances of our own at the end."
While Frank Lampard collected his 100th cap in the game, it was only Wilshere’s tenth appearance for the Three Lions.
With a fervent home crowd behind Ukraine and pressure on both sides not to lose the game, the 21-year-old admits it was a step-up for him in international terms.
But with some of the older heads alongside him in the team, Wilshere took plenty of positives from the game on a personal level.
"It was my biggest international game, my first big one away," he said.
"It was a hostile atmosphere. It was good for me and a good experience.
“I had a lot of experience around me too, with me with Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard and they helped me.
"It always helps when you have that experience in your team. You can't just give that to anyone. It comes over time. They have been there and done it and they showed that."
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