Jack Wilshere to be dad with pregnant ex girlfriend

01 April 2011 12:10
England star Jack Wilshere is to become a father at the age of 19.

The Arsenal midfielder has been told that his ex-girlfriend is pregnant - although the pair recently ended their three-year relationship.

Jack's the dad: England and Arsenal ace Wilshere (right) is set to become a father

Wilshere, who is emerging as England's hottest young star, is reported to be 'shocked but delighted' by the news.

He split with mum-to-be Lauren Neal, 22, at the start of the year but he is already making plans with his former partner.

A friend of the pair told The Sun: 'They're both delighted. It took time to sink in as it wasn't exactly planned.

Father-to-be: Wilshire and his former partner Lauren Neal

'Although Jack and Lauren are nottechnically together at the moment, they're still close. He has vowedto stand by her and support her.

'At the moment they're living apart but Jack's very keen to see as much of the baby as possible when it is born.'

Lauren, who works as a hairdresser, is due to give birth in August. Her family lives close to Wilshere's in Hertfordshire.

Wilshere, who earns ?50,000-a-weekat Arsenal has been superb for his club and country since securingregular first-team football this season.

Star in the making: Wilshere has enjoyed a breakthrough season for club and country

After impressing in England's friendly draw with Ghana on Tuesday, he insisted he is not feeling jaded after a hectic campaign.

He said: 'I've been playing Saturdayand Tuesday or Wednesday when we were in the Champions League. Now weare out of the Champions League, to be honest I could have played thefull 90 minutes against Ghana.

'I just think the manager will bedelighted I've been picked for my national team. To be honest. I feelbetter than I ever have. I've never played a full season but I feelfitter than I ever have.'

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