Wilshere takes inspiration from Gerrard
Published : 16 Nov 2012 06:47:36
Jack Wilshere admits he uses England skipper Steven Gerrard as a role model after making his return to international action.
Wilshere made his comeback during the final half hour of Wednesday night's friendly international with Sweden in Stockholm when Gerrard won his 100th cap.
He said: "It's great to be back and I've got to say congratulations to Steven Gerrard. It is a great achievement. He has been great for England and continues to be so for club and country so congratulations to him."
The Arsenal midfielder is also happy to be playing under an English manager in Roy Hodgson after winning his previous five caps under Fabio Capello.
"For me, it's a whole new squad, new manager, new coaching staff, and it's been great to be back around them and see how they want to work with me," he added.
"It's totally different to when the other manager (Capello) was in and I like it. It's an English manager and it's good that he knows the history and everything. It's good to be around an English manager."
Wilshere played alongside Gerrard for the first time and said: "I think any young English midfielder would look up to someone like him, especially his long passing, his vision, and everything.
"For me he is one of the best midfielders in the world, he still is, and he has been at the top of his game for eight to nine years.
"He is definitely someone to look up to and he is great to have around the squad.
"He talks to me, he talks to me on the pitch and it's the first time I've played with him and it's a pleasure to play with someone like that."