Redknapp hails Arsenal midfielder Wilshere

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has hailed Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere as a player who can help England revive their fortunes on the international scene, but Redknapp added an immediate improvement should not be expected, the Independent has reported.

England crashed out of Euro 2012 on penalties to Italy in a match where the Italian playmaker, Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo, dominated much of the contest as England gave up possession to their continental counterparts. But Redknapp believes a fit and firing Wilshere could be England’s own Pirlo. He said: “In Andrea Pirlo, Italy had a magician on the pitch…but England do have one of our own in the shape of Jack Wilshere and that’s one reason to believe we can improve in the future.

Wilshere has missed an entire year’s football after picking up an ankle injury in a pre-season friendly last summer, with complications thereafter further delaying the 20-year-old’s return to training until he was eventually ruled out of action altogether. Wilshere has however made his England debut, winning his first cap against Hungary in August 2010 and making his first start against Denmark in February 2011.

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