Jack Wilshere thriving in new role, says former England boss

Glenn Hoddle believes that Jack Wilshere is thriving in his new midfield role for England

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Glenn Hoddle believes that Jack Wilshere is thriving in his new midfield role for England.

The Arsenal star has been deployed in a deeper-lying midfield role by Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson and Hoddle feels that the tactical change has been a positive one for the national team.

“At the start of the season there were question marks over Jack Wilshere and when Roy Hodgson asked him to play slightly deeper in the England midfield people wondered whether he would be up to the mark,” Hoddle told the Daily Mail.

“From what we’ve seen so far, he’s making us re-evaluate him as player. Let’s be clear that it’s very early days and his real tests in what is a very demanding position are yet to come.

“But from what we’ve seen so far, he has every right to be encouraged by the way he has adapted to the role.

“Wilshere is showing skills and facets of his game which we haven’t seen before. It’s actually making him a better player.

“I’ve always thought that he needed to play the ball earlier and quicker than he sometimes has done with Arsenal; playing in this role, he is forced to do exactly that.”

Wilshere was one of England’s top performers as the Three Lions sealed a 3-1 win over Slovenia in Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier.

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