West Ham ace Jack Wilshere says Paolo Di Canio made him fall for football


Jack Wilshere has named the West Ham United icon who made him fall in love with football!

The Hammers posted a collage of pictures on Twitter on Monday, showing pictures of World Cup winner Bobby Moore, Trevor Brooking, current captain Mark Noble, and Paolo Di Canio. 

They asked their supporters to name the man who made them fall in love with the sport, but Wilshere, formerly of Arsenal, quoted the tweet and named Di Canio as the man!

He wrote: “Di Canio”. He accompanied that message with a number of emojis and an apology to his current team-mate, Noble. 

Some may well be surprised by Wilshere’s claim, given that he spent a decade of his senior career at Arsenal, having come through their academy. 

He has always been a West Ham fan, however, with talkSPORT previously sharing a picture of him in an Irons kit when he was a child. 

It remains to be seen if he will be able to string together a run of games for his boyhood club, though, having played just 16 times since his move in 2018. 

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says… 

This is actually a really nice insight into how Wilshere became a West Ham fan. 

Di Canio, of course, is known for his maverick playing style, his brilliant feats of skill, and his amazing dribbling ability. 

It is not just that Wilshere fell in love with the Hammers because of him, he has also surely modelled much of his game on the Italian. 

As previously noted, injuries have somewhat stilted his progress, but it is always nice to have a reminder that professional footballers are fans living out their dreams. 

Wilshere is no different. 

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