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14 Aug 2013 09:16:53

Wilshere reveals captaincy dream

Jack Wilshere has admitted it is a dream to emulate Steven Gerrard by becoming England captain.

That is exactly what Gerrard is predicting for the youngster, who is set to become his midfield partner for Wednesday evening's friendly with Scotland at Wembley.

"It's every kid's dream to captain your country," said Wilshere.

"I grew up watching David Beckham. He was my role model. It is up to whoever is in charge but that would be a dream come true."

Before it comes to pass, Wilshere evidently has to put his fitness problems behind him. Injury has limited the highly-rated Arsenal star to just seven caps since his debut three years ago.

Not that Gerrard is too concerned by that unfortunate record.

"Jack is so good I am sure when he gets to my age he will be sitting in my position with the armband on talking about another 100-cap player," said Gerrard.

"I've got no doubt he can (be the man who succeeds him). It's his quality, his example in training every day. He wants to learn, he loves England. He ticks a lot of boxes when it comes down to other players following his lead.

"I've been in a similar position, I missed a World Cup and many caps. I'm really paranoid about putting too much pressure on any player but he is that good there is nothing for him to worry about."

Wilshere himself admits to an enormous sense of frustration about his England career, which has largely been spent in front of the TV cheering on the players who should be his team-mates.


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