England XI: Predicted 2018 World Cup stars (7)

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Central midfield: Jack Wilshere (c)

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Age Now: 21

Age Then: 26

When Jack Wilshere made his breakthrough season in 2010-11, everyone knew he was going to be special. That season he won the PFA Young Player of the Year award and was also named in the PFA Team of the Year, and finally he was named Arsenal's Player of the Year too. However, a recurring ankle injury stunted his growth as he was kept out of football for the whole of the 2011-12 season. But then he came back with a bang getting another nomination for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, except not winning it this time. 

He was given his first England cap when coming on as a late substitute for Steven Gerrard with seven minutes of play left in August 2010 against Hungary. As the EPL season, Wilshere became more and more impressive which lead to him getting his first England start in February 2011 against Denmark. He has gone on to have top performances against Brazil and the 21 year old now has 14 caps for his nation. 

Wilshere only having 14 caps doesn't fully tell his story in professional football, Wilshere has been cursed with injuries all throughout most of his career and if it wasn't for these injuries, he would have at least 30 caps by now and would have featured at Euro 2012.

When you look on paper, a midfield that has Carrick, Gerrard, Lampard and Wilshere starting is outstanding but by 2018, only one out of those four will still be in the England squad, I guarantee that.

By 2018, either Joe Hart or Jack Wilshere will be the skipper of this side. I see Wilshere being the skipper more than Hart given that in just a couple years, Wilshere could become the Arsenal captain and the way he plays shows he is a natural leader on the field.

The only competition Wilshere has at the moment and should have in the future is Jordan Henderson and Tom Cleverley, but to be honest Wilshere is ten times better than both Henderson and Cleverley put together.

Wilshere brings so much more than these two to the game, he connects with his team mates so well and his link up play is superb. He will be England's leader in 2018 and will chief the game. 

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