Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere is set to study the playing styles of Andrea Pirlo and former Liverpool hero Javier Mascherano in order to learn how to better play as a defensive midfielder, having enjoyed playing in the deep lying role for England, as reported by the Daily Mail.
His display against Switzerland in that position on Monday night was impressive, and suggests he will appear there in the future for the national side, especially following the international retirement of Steven Gerrard.
There had been suggestions this summer that Wilshere would be used in that role by Arsenal, although Arsene Wenger has put a dampener on those suggestions.
Wilshere said: “I spoke with the manager and Gary Neville in the week and they told me they wanted me to play that role and I quite enjoyed it.
“It was my first time ever playing there, so over the next month or so I am going to look at a few videos of the game and of players who play in that position regularly – Pirlo, Mascherano and players like that and I’ll get better.
“I felt it went well tonight but next time we meet up I feel it can only go better.”
Wilshere has been regularly criticised since the start of the new season, with increasing concerns that he will not be able to fulfil the vast potential that he began his career with. His fine display for England last night will help suggest that he still has that great potential unlocked within him.