Jack Wilshere lauded by the Scottish press after England performance

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Wayne Rooney may have got a brace and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring, but it was the latter's Arsenal teammate Jack Wilshere who stole the show in England win over Scotland - at least according to the Scottish.

Arsene Wenger could have been forgiven for wishing before the match that his midfielder not be risked by Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson in what could quite possibly have turned into a bruising encounter. The Frenchman is probably glad it did happen now, as Wilshere showed he was really starting to get back to his best.

Scots Clap

One gets the feeling that the Gunners manager is always happy with the youngster he brought throughou the ranks at Emirates Stadium, but the way in which he controlled the game at Celtic Park on Tuesday evening will be especially pleasing.

The Scottish press in attendance were certainly impressed with what they saw from the 22-year-old in the 87 minutes he played before being replaced by Ross Barkley. He drew nines out of ten in a number of post match player ratings and drew special praise for his intelligence on the pitch.

It was Wilshere who set up the opening goal, utilising Oxlade-Chamberlain's searing pace with a delightful lofted through ball that his fellow Gunner helped into the corner with a deft glancing header. It was a goal made in north London.

One interesting point in the diminutive playmaker's resurgence is that, at least for England, he has been playing his best football for some time after being moved into a deeper midfield position by Hodgson. Wenger publicly disagreed with the England boss over this, but it appears he has been proved wrong.

Despite the good form he has shown for his country, Wilshere is unlikely to be utilised in as deep a role for his club side, with Wenger preferring him to be higher up the pitch. But his deployment for England is giving us a chance to see a side of him we have yet to in the Premier League.

A New Man

Emirates Stadium fans know that when he is playing in the red and white, their favourite young midfielder is really only going to proliferating the short passing game Wenger likes. But for England they have now witnessed his try range of passing.

If Steven Gerrard or David Beckham had played that pass for Oxlade-Chamberlain to make it 1-0, there may well have been a lot more made of it. We all knew he could dribble, we all knew he could play the intricate passes in congested areas - now we know he has the ingredients to become an all-round midfielder.

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