Nobody can ever accuse Jack Wilshere of showing a lack of effort.
The Arsenal midfielder has spent a depressing amount of his career injured but when he’s fully healthy, Wilshere exhibits a relentless drive that has made him a favourite among Arsenal fans.
And it probably explains the reason why the 24-year-old admires David Beckham so much, a man who “gave 100 per cent” every time Wilshere watched him play.
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In an interview with FourFourTwo, the Arsenal man admitted Beckham was his “England hero” and provided him with his favourite memory of watching the Three Lions as a kid.
Like many English millennials, Wilshere remembers Beckham’s free-kick against Greece to book England’s place at the 2002 World Cup with much fondness.
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Wilshere on David Beckham and England
“Growing up my England hero was David Beckham,” he said. “He was England captain and every time I watched him he gave 100 per cent.
“My favourite England memory as a kid was the World Cup qualifier against Greece. Beckham ran the game when we were struggling. We really needed a goal to qualify and he came up with that free kick.”
Wilshere's selection in Euro 2016 squad was criticised
Wilshere suffered an injury-hit season at the Emirates but was called up by Roy Hodgson to represent the national team at Euro 2016.
Many disagreed with the choice, questioning the decision to include a player who made just three league appearances at the expense of Danny Drinkwater.
It’s a fair point. Drinkwater, of course, won the Premier League with Leicester City and played 3039 minutes to Wilshere’s 141.
Yet the Arsenal midfielder provides creativity and dynamism to England’s midfield. Wilshere showed in last year’s 3-2 win over Slovenia how impactful he can be and, though he didn’t start in the 1-1 draw over Russia on Saturday, looks set to play an important role for Hodgson’s team in France.
Above all else, representing his country means a hell of a lot to Wilshere.
“Playing for England means everything to me,” he added. “When you grow up you want to play for your country and you dream of playing for your country in major tournaments.
“When you’re in the changing room and you put on the Three Lions it’s the best feeling. Then you line up and hear the national anthem before a game and it’s a special moment. You can feel the crowd behind you."
Wilshere has helped to stoke the fire ahead of England’s clash against Wales on Thursday by admitting that the Three Lions don’t like Chris Coleman’s side.
He probably can’t wait to greet Gareth Bale after the Welsh wizard recently said England “big themselves up before they’ve done anything”.