Jack Wilshere is only 21, yet some people have already dubbed him England's next captain and leader.
However, Wilshere, who came through the Arsenal academy to star for their first team, has been plagued by injury for much of his career, resulting in him missing the majority of last season.
It can not be denied, though, that the boy has considerable talent, and as a central midfielder, could be a direct replacement - if that is possible - for Steven Gerrard. His potential has been recognised by pundits and fans alike, and it has resulted in him winning the PFA Young Player of the Year, as well as making the team of the year in 2010/11, the same year he was voted Arsenal's Player of the Year. This was also the year he made his debut for the first team.
Wilshere made his international debut against Hungary on August 11 2010, coming on as a sub for the aforementioned Gerrard (a sign of what's to come perhaps) and since then he has made a total of seven international appearances without breaking his scoring duck as of yet. Even more impressive is the fact that, in his first match back for England since his horrific ankle injury, he won the man of the match award for a dominant display during England's win against Brazil.
All seems well with regards to being a future captain, but many people are worried that the constant niggles and knocks he picks up could prevent him from having a prolonged international and even club football career.
It is even more worrying then, when you consider the fact that he has suffered many a recurrence of that same ankle aggravation -although these had less of an effect on his career and only resulted in a minimal reduction of games.
There is hope, however, as he has had surgery on his ankle and since then there have been no injury concerns to report... until now. Reports recently emerged that there has been another niggle, which will result in him missing the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.
Overall, though, if he can find a way to avoid the injuries continuously recurring then his large potential could shine through and maybe, just maybe, he will one day lead England to glory!
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