Jack Wilshere claims his injury woes are finally behind him as he heads into England's international double-header playing the best football of his career, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Arsenal midfielder was touted as the next big thing when he exploded onto the Premier League scene in 2008 at the age of just 16 years and 256 days, becoming Arsenal's youngest ever league debutant.
But injury has set him back on countless occasions over the past five years, and every time he has returned, it's taken him a while to rediscover his form.
But the 22-year-old is set to feature in England's upcoming Euro qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia and will be hopeful that this can be his first injury-free season, after being plagued by ankle injuries over the years.
“I feel good. I’m always looking to improve, no matter what," Wilshere said.
“For a player of my age I’ve missed a lot of football, so I’m just trying to play as much as I can, train as much as I can and I’ve always said that when I get fully fit you’ll see the best of me.
“I feel like I’m fully fit now and I think you’re seeing the best of me. I said at the start of the season that it was going to take some time to get back to my best.
Showing his class?
The Englishman has been one of Arsenal's stand-out performers this season, in the centre of a star-studded midfield featuring Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey, and he was arguably the Gunners' best player in their 2-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday.
Many people believe it is now time for Wilshere to step-up and prove his class.
The Arsenal man is now considered to be one of the first names on the England team sheet alongside Liverpool's Jordan Henderson in midfield, after the retirement of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.
But despite making his Three Lions debut in 2010, he has only managed to make 22 caps, having been held back by his injury problems.
In England's last game away in Switzerland, manger Roy Hodgson experimented with a 4-4-2 diamond formation with Wilshere sitting just in front of the back four and it was one of his best ever performances for his country; he was able to dictate play from a deeper position while still making trademark gut-busting runs towards the box.
Improving against the big guns
After their 2-0 defeat, the Arsenal man was disappointed they left Stamford Bridge with nothing, despite improving on their dismal 6-0 loss from last season.
He told reporters: "Last season was a freak result here. No team, not even in the bottom half, should be losing 6-0.
"But this year, in the big games, we really feel closer. Last year, they were almost over after 20 minutes. We were 1-0 or 2-0 down and when you go behind at places like Chelsea, it's really tough.
"This year, we were really focused."
Wilshere is expected to start on Thursday against minnows San Marino at Wembley.
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