Wilshere positive on England talent

08 October 2013 05:06

Jack Wilshere is not worried by the increasing lack of young English talent breaking through into the Barclays Premier League.

It is estimated only around 30 per cent of top flight players will be eligible for the Three Lions this season - and realistically, the number Roy Hodgson can call on for national service will be far fewer.

New Football Association chairman Greg Dyke highlighted the problem in his key-note speech in London last month, although evidently, a solution will not be easy to find.

However, Wilshere does not feel the situation is as dire as some believe.

"I don't think we should be worried at all," he said. "They (foreign players) are not an obstruction. Ravel Morrison has burst onto the scene this season. He is a great prospect for the future.

"A lot of young English players are breaking into teams too.

"OK, there are a lot of foreign players as well. But I can learn from the likes of Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil. They are top players.

"Playing with the best players in Europe can only help my game. That is a positive."

It is beyond question that should England fail to gain the results against Montenegro and Poland over the next week that would allow smooth passage into next summer's World Cup Finals in Brazil, it will trigger another bout of naval gazing.

"Teams want the best players," said Wilshere. "If the best players come through your academy you can play.

Source: PA

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