Isn't it crazy that Jack Wilshere made his Arsenal debut nearly 10 years ago?
In the space of that near-on decade, the Arsenal playmaker has had his career blighted with injuries and many believe he has failed to truly live up to his massive potential.
The England international spent last season on-loan at Premier League side Bournemouth, but now he is back in the Arsenal reckoning and has been impressing in recent weeks.
Still only aged 25, there is time for Wilshere to become the mainstay of Arsenal's and England's midfields that many thought he could be.
With England facing Slovenia on Thursday night, Wilshere did not make the cut for Gareth Southgate's squad despite a long list of injuries seemingly paving the way for his return.
But, Wilshere will have fond memories of Slovenia.
Indeed, his only two goals for England in his 34 outings came against Slovenia in a Euro 2016 qualifier just over two years ago, and boy were they special.
As you can see from the clip below, that game is a prime example of the quality that the Arsenal man possesses. It might even be fair to say none of his English midfield contemporaries have the sheer talent he does:
With the likes of Eric Dier, Jake Livermore, Harry Winks and Jordan Henderson patrolling the midfield these days - a far cry from Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes - is there really no room for a fit Wilshere?
Speaking to The Mirror, Wilshere revealed the two players that helped him the most when he first broke into the Arsenal team and while Cesc Fabregas makes the world of the sense, the other man is quite a surprise.
“When I first got into the squad Kolo Toure was brilliant for me,” said Wilshere. “But when I first got into the team, I was playing next to Fabregas, who was captain, and Alex Song.
“Cesc had come through at a similar age to me so he knew the pressure I was under and he was great for me to.”
England will be hoping Wilshere gets back to his very best in time for Russia next year.
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