Jack Wilshere has come under increased criticism in recent days, with both Glenn Hoddle and Ray Parlour moving to downplay his impact in the previous match.
The Arsenal midfielder was promoted for the first-team line-up for England’s last game with Slovakia, but failed to impress in his first start of the tournament.
Former Gunner Ray Parlour recently claimed that Jack is not playing well enough to constitute a starting role.
He said: “He’s a good substitution to bring on, Jack, because he’s calm and good on the ball. But at the moment, I just can’t fit him in my team.”
Glenn Hoddle then added to that by claiming Wilshere had been making bad decisions in the previous encounter, coming as a further blow to his chances of appearing tonight.
He wrote: “Wilshere started well but then fell into the trap of taking too many people on. He has to understand when to and when not to make that run
Wayne Rooney is expected to be returned to the starting XI for tonight’s round of 16 tie against Iceland, which will likely see Jack returned to the bench. Jordan Henderson was also not at his best for the Slovakia tie, and could also drop to the bench in favour of Dele Alli.
Harry Kane is also expected to be returned to the starting line-up tonight, with Jamie Vardy set to return to the bench as England look to seal a place in the quarter finals of the tournament.
The Three Lions have never won a knockout match in the European Championships away from home soil, but they SHOULD be winning tonight.
Iceland are ranked 23 places below England in the official FIFA World Rankings, but those statistics stand for nothing from the second the ref blows his whistle to signal the start of the match.
Are you confident that England will manage to oust their opponents and set themselves up to play the hosts France in the next round? Are the critics being tough on Jack?