Gary Neville has named Arsenal’s injury-prone midfielder Jack Wilshere as the player he enjoys coaching most.
Speaking to Football Beyond Borders - days before he was appointed as the new head coach of Valencia - Neville said he enjoys coaching Wilshere “because he’s a challenge”. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
Wilshere has shown glimpses of his brilliance in an England shirt under the management of Roy Hodgson, Ray Lewington and Neville - but the 23-year-old has also missed key matches due to a succession of untimely injuries.
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“Who is the player that you enjoy coaching most?” Neville was asked by the young FBB presenter.
“Obviously I’ve only ever been a coach with England, for the three-and-a-half years, and I’ve enjoyed coaching a lot of the players,” the newly-promoted Valencia boss responded. “But if I had to pick one, it’s very difficult. I like Jack Wilshere - because he’s a challenge.”
Wilshere needs to keep himself fit
Wilshere has been sidelined since the summer after fracturing his fibula in a pre-season training session but should be part of England’s squad for next summer’s European Championships if he stays fit and plays well during the second half of the season.
The central midfielder is one of England’s most naturally gifted footballers but has spent so much of his career, up to now, on the treatment table.
Fortunately for Arsenal and England, though, Wilshere is expected to be back in action before Christmas.
And if he can maintain his fitness and hit top gear, there’s no doubt he will be an extremely effective player for both club and country throughout 2016.
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