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Jack Wilshere backed for England captaincy

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England midfielder Steven Gerrard is confident that Arsenal's Jack Wilshere can succeed him as captain of the national side, and he's also sure the talented youngster will win over 100 caps. 

The pair are due to feature in England's midfield tonight as they take on Scotland in a highly anticipated friendly with Scotland at Wembley.  

And despite an injury hampered start to his international career, Gerrard feels the 21-year-old has what it takes to become an England great. 

"I've got no doubt he can," Gerrard said when asked if Wilshere could succeed him. 

"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 added.

Wilshere made his debut for England back in 2010 against Hungary, but has only gone on to make seven further appearances after fracturing his ankle and missing the whole 2011-2012 campaign. 

However, the Arsenal midfielder looked to be back to his best last season impressing in England's friendly victory over Brazil in February, showing just why he has so much expectation placed on him. 

"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 also revealed how it's dream to lead out his country, as well as the pain of sitting out through injury. 

"It's every kid's dream to captain your country," he said.

"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."

Tonight's game at Wembley is the first time England and Scotland have renewed their rivalry on the field since their last meeting in 1999, where the Three Lions defeated the Tartan Army 2-0 over two legs to reach the European Championships. 

 

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