Steven Gerrard says Jack Wilshere has what it takes to captain England
Steven Gerrard believes Jack Wilshere’s passion for England means will one day become captain of his country.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s visit of Scotland, the 33-year-old old also insisted that Wilshere has a long and prosperous international career ahead of him.
He said: “Jack is so good I am sure when he gets to my age he will be sitting in my position with the armband on talking about another 100-cap player.
“It's his quality, his example in training every day. He wants to learn, he loves England. He ticks a lot of boxes when it comes down to other players following his lead.”
Gerrard, who recently joined Peter Shilton, David Beckham, Sir Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore and Billy Wright in the 100-cap club (a group Ashley Cole has since become a member of) added that Wilshere’s potential was obvious from a young age, and knew he was going to be a star the first time he faced him, in 2008.
“You could see his quality straight away. From that moment, I'm not thinking about Arsenal, I'm thinking of England and getting back out there with him.”
Gerrard added a note of caution, however, emphasising the importance of not putting too much pressure on the young shoulders of one man.
“I've said many times we need to share the responsibility out,” he added.
“As a nation we want to pin all the pressure on one person like we did with Gazza and we have done with Rooney lately. It's not dangerous, it's just not fair for one person to carry the nation's pressure.
“Eleven players go out there and you go to a tournament with 23 or 24."