Rio Ferdinand has now spoken the truth about Jack Wilshere missing the World Cup for England


England will head to the World Cup in Russia in high spirits after their win against Costa Rica on Thursday night.

After defeating Nigeria 2-1 last weekend, Gareth Southgate's men then saw off the South American outfit 2-0 at Elland Road.

Marcus Rashford opened the scoring with a sublime strike in the first-half, before Danny Welbeck emerged off the bench to score ten minutes from time.

But there's still question marks over a number of areas on the pitch for England; including in midfield.

Many are still dumbfounded by Southgate's decision to leave Jack Wilshere at home.

The 26-year-old is regarded by many as England's most talented midfielder, but Southgate chose to leave him at home amid concerns over his fitness.

This baffled many, but Rio Ferdinand has stuck by Southgate's decision.

The former Man United defender believes Wilshere should have been left at home, stating that his inclusion would have destabilised the squad.

“Why would you take him?” Ferdinand said. “I didn’t disagree with the midfield choices he took. He can count on all the others physically.


"I don’t think there’s an argument. He hasn’t played enough football and hasn’t influenced enough games in the way that those guys have over a sustained period of time.

"I’ve been there with teams where we’ve had players coming in a little bit unfit and it does leave uncertainty in a squad. Even with Wayne Rooney, Becks in 2002, it can destabilise a squad. However small it is it does spread.”

Ferdinand then went on to point out that all of England's midfielders have done more than Wilshere this season, in both an attacking and defensive sense.

“If you’re going to play him in an attacking midfield role he doesn’t add up to someone like Dele [Alli], someone like Jesse [Lingard], in terms of getting goals and assists or making things happen in the final third. His stats can’t live with them.

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“Jack has got great talent, don’t get me wrong. But if he’s an attacking midfielder in today’s game he’s got to be nicking 10, 15 goals a season and likewise with assists. He doesn’t get those numbers.

“Is he going to play a holding role? That’s where I’d have played him but has he done that enough? Is he experienced in that position? Has he done that more effectively than Henderson this season? I wouldn’t say so. [Eric] Dier does it effectively for Spurs. The argument for ”

"So the argument for him to go is less when you're looking at those kind of arguments against him.”

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