Jack Wilshere: Steven Gerrard backs midfielder as future captain
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England's Steven Gerrard believes that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will win 100 international caps and can succeed him as England captain.
The pair will link up in midfield for Wednesday's friendly with Scotland at Wembley.
Injury has limited Wilshere, 21, to seven caps since his debut against Hungary in 2010.
"I've got no doubt he can," said Gerrard, when asked if Wilshere could succeed him.
Wilshere suffered a stress fracture ankle injury that forced him to miss the whole of the 2011-2012 season. He also had ankle problems at the end of last season.
Gerrard added: "Jack is so good I am sure when he gets to my age he will be in my position with the armband on talking about another 100-cap player.
"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 admits to an enormous sense of frustration about his international career, but dreams about leading out England in the future.
He said: "It's every kid's dream to captain your country.
"I grew up watching David Beckham. He was my role model.
"Playing for England is the pinnacle. Missing matches has not been a good experience."
Of his seven appearances, only one game - against Brazil at Wembley in February - and a further 13 minutes as a substitute in Sweden, have been on the same pitch as Gerrard.
With the Liverpool stalwart embarking on what is likely to be his last campaign as an England player, Wilshere is the player upon whom so many of England's future hopes rest.
However, having seen how much pressure has been placed on Wayne Rooney's shoulders in recent years, he is eager for the load to be shared,.
Gerrard, 33, who is set to win his 103rd cap against Scotland, added: "I've said many times we need to share the responsibility out.
"As a nation we want to pin all the pressure on one person like we did with Paul Gascoigne and we have done with Wayne Rooney lately.
"It's not dangerous, it's just not fair for one person to carry the nation's pressure.
"Eleven players go out there and you go to a tournament with 23 or 24."