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Jack Wilshere ready for international clash

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England are currently top of World Cup qualifying Group H, but are preparing for two crucial matches against Montenegro and Poland.

The Three Lions have to win both games to safely make it through to the 2014 finals in Brazil next summer.

Wilshere experienced a tough game in his last international outing in a match against Ukraine, and will be hoping to bounce back from the chastening experience. 

Speaking to Sky Sports, the player said: "Ukraine was a tough game, my biggest to date, but these next two games will be another step up in pressure, no question. It has not surprised me how hard the campaign has been. International football is tough.

"When we've got players like Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and there have been big tournaments and qualifiers, that will help us," he added. "As a young player, I grew up watching those two - Gerrard, with his range of passing and Lampard's goals record speaks for itself."

Indeed, the player knows that he can add something to the national team if he is able to replicate the form that he has shown for the Gunners.

Wilshere was also quick to dispel any complacency that might exist as a result of England still being unbeaten in the group.

"We don't take notice of being unbeaten. We can be unbeaten and not go to the World Cup. We've got two big games coming up. That's the way we look at this."

However, the fear of failure has often restricted England's ability to perform in crucial matches. Wilshere seemingly tried to dispel those fears as well.

"We do not want to think about losing. We are focusing on these games, it is in our hands. You have to take the game to teams at home. If we can get a few goals, we will be on the plane."

The last time that England failed to qualify for the World Cup was in 1994 under Graham Taylor. Everyone associated with England will be hoping that that failure is not repeated.

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