Jack Wilshere admits struggle after toughest game ever

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Jack Wilshere has revealed that England's game against Ukraine was the toughest of his career, reports the Daily Mirror.

The Arsenal star came in for light criticism after failing to perform to his creative best in England's 0-0 draw in Kiev on Tuesday night.

Wilshere was visibly struggling to play himself in to a match, which did little to instil hope in the hearts of England fans ahead of the World Cup next summer.

He has now admitted that he found the game tough describing it as his "hardest game", but is determined to learn from the experience.

The 21-year-old has had major injury problems that have blighted the early years of his career. After having ankle surgery at the end of May, he has been eased back to match fitness with Arsenal.

Wilshere reveals that he is now fully recovered from the problems that kept him out for 17 months and is hoping to play himself back to his best.

Wilshere told the Daily Mirror: “I think it was my hardest game. It was a difficult place to come and sometimes the ball doesn’t bounce for you.

“It was definitely my biggest international game, my first big one away so it was a hostile atmosphere. It was a strange game. But it was good for me.

“It was a good experience and I had a lot of experienced players around me and they helped me. It always helps when you have that experience in your team.

“You just can’t give it to anyone. It comes over time and it will for me. They have been there and done it and that showed.”

The stalemate in Kiev means qualification for the World Cup remains in England's hands and Wilshere is sure they can secure their place in the competition by beating Montenegro and Poland at Wembley next month.

“We have got two home games now. We expect to win our home games and if we do then we will be on the plane to Brazil so that was a good point in Ukraine.

“Of course we wanted to win but overall we are happy. It’s in our own hands now and that’s what we wanted.

“We showed we can stand up to a big test, we defended well and played well enough to get a few chances of our own at the end.”

Wilshere returns to Arsenal training today but may face being dropped for the away game against Sunderland in favour of Mathieu Flamini, as playing twice for England in seven days is likely to have taken its toll.

Arsene Wenger will likely make a decision on the player after observing him in training tomorrow. 

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