The young Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has been continually over-hyped since his return to fitness this season, and has been hailed as the saviour of the England team and perhaps the catalyst that could finally win the World Cup for England for the first time in 48 years.
But the talented midfielder has tried to play down the expectations and says that Roy Hodgson’s side needs a whole team of stars to win a trophy and he simply can’t do it on his own. Wilshere said: “I don’t think one player can ever win a World Cup for a nation.
“I’ve got great players around me. We’ve got Steven Gerrard, still one of the best midfielders in the world, and Frank Lampard, and good young players as well.
“When you are playing well and you are in the national team, there are always going to be high expectations, but you have to deal with that.”
“It’s great having them alongside me. I used to come to Wembley to watch them play. To play with them is a dream come true.
“It’s testament to them that they keep doing it at their ages. Ten years at the top is something I want to do, so looking at them two is something I look up to.
“I think they will carry on. Stevie is probably the fittest guy in the team and Lamps when he came on got a great goal. He has been doing that for years, scoring important goals, and he keeps doing it.
“The skipper [Gerrard] is our leader and was great and talks to you the whole game. We’ve got a great blend of youth and experience now and hopefully that can help us going into the qualifiers.
“I think we’ve got a good blend in midfield now. Stevie is playing the holding role. He’s not really a holding midfielder but he did it brilliantly, and when he goes forward, me or Tom (Cleverley) can cover him.
“There’s Michael Carrick as well, and Leon Osman and players like that. We’ve got a good bunch of midfielders and hopefully that can bode well for England.
“I think the formation helped. I prefer to play in a three rather than a 4-4-2 – 4-3-3 suits my game and suits the other players better. If we get that side right, we can dominate a midfield and we showed that.
“We work hard on tactics. That’s what Roy does – he is great at that. He gets us working well defensively and going forward. If we can keep doing that and working on that, we can improve.”
Certainly a win over Brazil is not to be sniffed at, but for some reason England always seem to perform brilliantly during the Premiership season (like in the Qualifiers) but seem to freeze when it comes to the competition proper. Maybe it’s because the Premiership has such a long and tiring season compared to other countries and fatigue sets in.
Let’s hope that next year these problems can be sorted out?