Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has confessed that he dreams of captaining both club and country, despite some players' indifference to wearing the armband.

The Stevenage-born player has been ruled out of the Three Lions' upcoming friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil with an ankle injury but, once fit, he hopes to succeed Steven Gerrard as England skipper.

"I want to captain Arsenal and I want to captain England. That definitely appeals to me. It’s my ultimate dream," the 21-year-old told reporters.

"People say players are no longer bothered about wearing the England shirt, but for me it’s the pinnacle of my job because club rivalries go out of the window and the entire nation comes together behind you - it’s the best feeling.

"England have a fantastic captain in Steven Gerrard and I assume Wayne Rooney is the next in line. We’ve got a lot of big characters - but if I was ever offered the chance to captain England it’d be the ultimate honour," he continued.

Wilshere's international career has stalled due to injuries forcing him out of Roy Hodgson's squads but the youngster remains confident that he will return to the setup soon.

"I’m having an operation this week to deal with the irritating scar tissue caused by the screws, but it’s a minor process and I’ll only be rested up for a fortnight. I’ve played two friendlies since Roy Hodgson took over and the whole mood has changed in the camp.

"No disrespect to Fabio Capello because he gave me my first cap and I liked him, but it just changes everything when an Englishman takes charge.

"The style is different, the tactics, the whole atmosphere. I think it’s changed for the better."

The Arsenal star also admitted England are not certain to qualify for next year's World Cup, however recognises that 'The Three Lions' still hold their own fate. 

He finished by saying: "We still have a lot of work to do to qualify for next year’s World Cup finals. But we’re still in control of our own fate."

Wilshere will be hoping he can kick-on next season and become a regular for both club and country without any injury set-backs. 


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