Gerrard backs Wilshere as future England captain

Steven Gerrard has hailed England teammate Jack Wilshere as a natural leader and believes the Arsenal midfielder will one day captain the national team, ESPN has reported.

Injury has so far restricted Wilshere to only seven caps – he is in line to win an eighth against Scotland on Wednesday – but Gerrard believes Wilshere has the makings of an international skipper – and that Wilshere will reach a century of international appearances as well.

I’m sure once he gets to my age, he will probably be sitting in my position with the armband on talking about another 100-cap player, he is that good, Gerrard said.

His quality, his example in training every day, he seems a level-headed kid. He wants to learn, he loves England, he’s going to be around the top for a long, long time. He ticks a lot of boxes when it comes down to other players following his lead.

Gerrard and Wilshere have rarely played together for England but the Liverpool man feels they can form a strong partnership for Roy Hodgson’s side, starting at Wembley against Scotland. “Jack’s got many strengths to his game and I’m itching to get out there and show we can form a good partnership,” Gerrard added.

A lot of people have spoken about it for a long time but we haven’t managed to be fit at the same time and have a run of games together. But I think with the right amount of time we can form a partnership that will complement each other and I believe we can give anyone a game.” Gerrard went on to admit that despite his lack of international experience, Wilshere is a crucial player in the England set-up.

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