Belfast Telegraph

Jack Wilshere ignores calls to change his style

By Mark Bryans

Jack Wilshere has no intention of changing his all-action approach despite his recent injury woes.

The Arsenal midfielder is likely to line up for England in their final European Championship qualifier of the season in Slovenia tomorrow afternoon.

But, whilst a number of his international colleagues will be going into the game in Ljubljana having played 12 months of non-stop football, Wilshere will be fresh, fit and ready after another stop-start season with the Gunners. The 23-year-old made just 15 starts for Arsenal as a number of serious ankle injuries kept him on the sidelines but Wilshere insists he knows only one way to play.

"When I was injured, I read a few people who said that," he replied when asked if he had thought about making changes to his approach.

"I thought 'maybe they are right. Maybe I should just change it a little bit'. But in my first game back, naturally I just want to pick the ball up and run with it.

"I can't change that. I can work on a few things maybe. If you look at the best dribblers in the world, (Lionel) Messi, (Andreas) Iniesta, when they are running with the ball it is always close to them so maybe I could work on that. But I definitely won't be changing my game."

Wilshere has yet to score for England but he was one of the better performers in the goalless draw with the Republic of Ireland.

Belfast Telegraph