On Monday night, Jack Wilshere scored Arsenal's opener against Aston Villa and created their second in the space of 59 seconds. One incredible minute from the 22-year-old effectively sealed the win for Arsenal, although a late goal from the out-of-form Christian Benteke made for a tense finale to the game.
Before this season, Wilshere was the victim of a lot of criticism, particularly from fans of other clubs. Outsiders are under the impression that the youngster was continually injured before this season (and he did spend 14 months sidelined) but he had already made his breakthrough into the Arsenal team and been awarded the number 10 jersey following Robin van Persie's departure.
His lack of action due to injury led to many people suggesting he was overrated. Arsenal and England were pinning their hopes on a fragile young boy who couldn't seem to get going for long before he was back on the medical table. That seemed to be the consensus.
But it looks as though the midfielder could be vital to England's chances in the World Cup this summer.
For the past decade, England managers have tried to pair Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard as a central midfielder partnership. When it hasn't worked, they've tried other players, but each manager resorts back to the Liverpool and Chelsea legends.
After the season Wilshere's enjoyed, he should be the man to partner Gerrard in England's engine room. He looks good whenever he appears for the Three Lions and adds something new - along with Southampton's Adam Lallana - which has been missing from the England midfield previously on the world stage.
His passing (84% accuracy) and dribbling are sensational and he is capable in both defence and attack, which will come in handy during knockout matches. His game lacks consistent goals, but his five in 23 appearances is satisfactory for a central midfielder.
Wilshere's drive and passion could be just what England need. He likes to run with the ball and create chances for his teammates, creating 25 chances already this season.
While he doesn't score many, he boasts 60% shot accuracy which is not bad and could lead to chances for England's strikers if a goalkeeper then spills a Wilshere-effort.
If Wilshere can stay fit and keep up the terrific vein of form he finds himself in, he could be our prized asset in Brazil.
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