Gerrard backs England teammate Wilshere to be best in the world

Steven Gerrard believes Jack Wilshere can go on to become the best midfielder in the world, as the Liverpool and England captain prepares to line-up next to the Arsenal midfielder against Brazil on Wednesday evening, the Daily Mirror has reported.

It will be the first time Gerrard and Wilshere play together in central midfield after Wilshere’s injury problems led him to miss a slew of international games during his almost 18 months on the sidelines. And Gerrard, although insisting he does not want to pile the pressure on to the 21-year-old, feels Wilshere can be one of the great players of his generation.

Gerrard said: “I think he’s got the potential to become one of the best in the world. I don’t want to add any pressure. That’s unfair. But playing against him recently and in training, he’s a one-off. He’s a lot better than your normal Premier League midfielder. I have a lot of confidence in him.

Brazil are expected to play a team containing a number of highly-talented youngsters, including the in-demand Neymar and Chelsea’s summer signing Oscar, but Gerrard believes that Wilshere belongs in that category of players as well.

He’s got a bit of everything, he can tackle, get up and down the pitch, create a goal, score a goal, can pass. He can tick almost every box, and he’s going to get better and better. He’s only 21 and a fantastic talent. We’re all delighted he’s back and happy to play with him,” Gerrard said.

Wilshere returned to the Arsenal first team last autumn and has gone on to play 21 times for the Gunners, scoring twice. Wilshere also made his way back into the international set-up, playing against Sweden in November, his first appearance under manager Roy Hodgson.

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