England: Steven Gerrard excited by Jack Wilshere's potential
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England captain Steven Gerrard has said Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has the "potential to become one of the best in the world".
The 21-year-old is expected to make his first England start for 17 months in the friendly with Brazil at Wembley.
"He can tick almost every box, and he's going to get better and better. He'll get better than he is now which is a scary thought," said Gerrard.
But the skipper warned: "One man can't carry a nation on his own."
Wilshere made his international debut just under two and a half years ago, but will win only his seventh cap if he features against Brazil on Wednesday night.
The midfielder, who returned to the Arsenal first team last October after 15 months out injured, has played just 324 minutes of international football and only 13 of them in the company of Gerrard.
Gerrard, however, hoped the youngster would "bring out the best in all of us".
"Jack has got a bit of everything," said the 32-year-old Liverpool midfielder. "He can tackle, get up and down the pitch, create a goal, score a goal, he can pass.
"I think he's got the potential to become one of the best in the world and I don't want to add any pressure. That's unfair.
"But playing against him recently and in training, he's a one-off. He's a lot better than your normal Premier League midfielder. I have a lot of confidence in him.
"He's a top player and I hope he gives the dressing room a lift. We need competition for places if we're going to get to Brazil."
May they all Rest in Peace
Why on earth does supporting a different team to someone else make you scum?
May all the victims rest in peace.
Exactly, from both sides to be honest I have no idea what ppl think they get out of calling other clubs fans 'scum'
Football rivalry is great but some people seriously need to grow up!
So depending on which club you support Wilshere is the next messiah and Cleverley is bobbins or Cleverley is the son of god and Wilshire is bobbins.
Is there any chance that the truth actaully lies someone between the two.
How about we just support our country and forget all this playground squablling for a bit.
No he cant, he said the same thing yesterday, or someone else did, possibly DJGLR..... Heres that answer:
This Season: Tom Clev 23 Apps 4 goals. Jordan Hend 29 Apps 3 goals
Overall Career: Tom Clev 113 Apps 20 goals. Jordan Hend 169 Apps 11 goals.
I didnt get a response from him yesterday when I posted the same stats....
@353 My posts are 100% expertly written & objective. Most Utd fans appreciate my knowledgeable analysis.
It's a pity nobody else does :P
Not aimed at you, no. I realised the context.
You specifically didn't read anything into the numbers (other than mentioning that you couldn't read anything into them) as far as I could see
Correcting errors as per you in 367 = fine.
As Utd were 1-0 up, that counts as an error by Fergie - if ur esteemed analysis is correct. So 399 is correct to state u r implying an error by SAF! This must count as blasphemy!!
Or else, ur analysis is poop - which we all know already (inc. other Utd fans)
Do you think this statement from Gerrard helps Wiltshire (as a confidence booster) or do you think it adds unneeded pressure?
"@351 - I would have Hendo too as he has more assists and goals than Cleverley"