Premier League legend: Jack Wilshere destined for England captaincy

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Premier League legend Alan Shearer believes Arsenal star Jack Wilshere will captain England one day.

The Gunners favourite was lauded from all corners for his inspirational display in the Three Lions’ impressive 2-1 victory over Brazil at Wembley last Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger recently claimed Wilshere could become one of the best players in the world – a sentiment echoed by the 21-year-old’s England teammate, Steven Gerrard.

Now Shearer is the latest to have predicted big things for the diminutive midfielder, claiming he expects to follow in the footsteps of he and Gerrard by wearing the armband for England.

“After the World Cup in Brazil, so in a couple of years, I think he will be the England captain,” the former Newcastle United man said on the BBC’s Match of the Day on Saturday.

“He has everything about his game that a midfielder should have; he scores goals, he creates and he can be strong in the tackle if he wants to.”

Shearer not only claimed Wilshere was crucial to the win over Brazil, but said he was the catalyst in Arsenal’s hard-fought 1-0 win over Sunderland at the weekend.

Wilshere was crucial in the build up to the Gunners goal, scored by Santi Cazorla, and they lost much of their cutting edge when he was forced off as a precaution after picking up a knock.

Carl Jenkinson’s sending off made for a tense last half-hour at the Stadium of Light, but Wenger’s men put up an impressive rear-guard display to keep hold of the three points.

Wilshere’s injury is not thought to be serious and he is expected to return for Arsenal’s next match, which is the FA Cup fifth round clash with Blackburn Rovers at Emirates Stadium this coming Saturday.

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