Arsenal starlet Jack Wilshere believes that England's youngsters must be accountable for their performances in World Cup qualifying, but is comfortable with the pressure to help Roy Hodgson's side reach Brazil next summer.
Wilshere has been largely heralded as a leading light for both club and country since bursting on the scene as a teenager, but a succession of knee and ankle problems have restricted the 21-year-old to just eight England caps since making his debut in 2010.
With Hodgson's squad for upcoming qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine stretched by injuries to key players, including Wayne Rooney and Glen Johnson, Wilshere has insisted that there are a crop of players coming through all capable of being a permanent fixture for the Three Lions in years to come.
He told Zapsportz.com: "There is a lot of pressure, but I think it's not just me, there are a lot of other players such as Tom Cleverley and Jack Rodwell who are all gifted players who bring hope to England in the future.
"Although it's a lot of pressure, I think that's part of playing football and being part of the England team and people expect you to deliver. You have to live with the pressure and the criticism if you don't deliver."
Wilshere sat out of England's training session yesterday morning after coming off during last weekend's North London derby with stomach cramps, but is expected to be fit along with Daniel Sturridge for Friday's qualifier against Moldova at Wembley.
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