Ian Holloway: Who does Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere think he is?
Ian Holloway launches a scathing attack on Jack Wilshere's attitude during Costa Rica game at the World Cup
Ian Holloway has launched a scathing attack on Jack Wilshere’s attitude at the World Cup, saying that the midfielder could learn from his former Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie.
The 22-year-old appeared to be upset when he was substituted by Roy Hodgson during the goalless draw against Costa Rica after being handed his first start of the tournament in Brazil.
I couldn’t believe it. Who the hell does this kid think he is?
Holloway was less than impressed by Wilshere’s attitude, despite the Three Lions having already been knocked out of the tournament following defeats by Italy and Uruguay.
“He seemed to take Roy Hodgson’s decision [to substitute him] as a personal insult,” Holloway told the Daily Mirror.
“If that wasn’t bad enough, he then gave a post-match interview in which he said how hard it had been to motivate himself for the final game of England’s World Cup because he hadn’t started against either Italy or Uruguay and our fate had already been decided.”
“I couldn’t believe it. Who the hell does this kid think he is? Van Persie is Holland’s main man, but, with the Dutch trailing Mexico, he took Louis van Gaal’s decision to replace him with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar without the slightest dissent.
“Technical ability and tactical knowledge are vital if you want to be successful at the highest level, but there are other qualities that are just as important that can’t be coached into people.”