Capello backs Wilshere for holding role

28 January 2011 07:00

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is a better technical player than former Chelsea player Claude Makelele, according to England manager Fabio Capello.

The England boss is set to give Wilshere a starting role as a holding midfielder in the friendly with Denmark on February 9. Capello sees Wilshere playing in a position which Claude Makelele, currently with Paris St Germain, filled for France, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

"Wilshere is better technically than Makelele. He's slower than Makelele but when he receives the ball he is more dangerous than Makelele," Capello told the Daily Telegraph.

"Wilshere is the best young player. He now plays all the time with Arsenal. If you play with Arsenal, you are a really good player because Arsene Wenger likes good players.

"I think he's mature enough to play this role. He's a really interesting player.

"The players will arrive really tired. They play a lot of games before this. I have to change and make six substitutions. But it will be important for Wilshere to understand he will be the future."

Capello revealed he had to look at alternatives because of Owen Hargreaves' injury problems.

He said: "Hargreaves played this position very, very well every game. But after the knee problem, he was never back.

"I put different players in there but they'd never played in this position. (Gareth) Barry with Aston Villa never played this position. He started to play there only with me [and now with Manchester City]. But I saw Wilshere play every game in this position."

Source: PA

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