Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere believes the national team will learn the lessons of their defeat to Chile on Friday, Sky
An Alexis Sanchez brace gave the South American visitors a 2-0 win, with a feature of Chile’s play being a willingness to commit fouls as well as play attractive or incisive football. Wilshere believes that the small infractions – usually to prevent an opposition attack gathering too much momentum – is an idea England could do with taking on board.
“ South American teams like to make little fouls and break the game up, which gets frustrating,” Wilshere said. “We could learn a bit from them, sometimes, maybe when they’re counter-attacking maybe a little foul like they did doesn’t hurt.
“Once they did a little foul it slows play down, we have to start again, build up and they’re all back. It makes it difficult for us,” he added.
Wilshere went on to predict that should England be drawn against South American opposition in the World Cup finals, the experience of playing Chile will stand Roy Hodgson’s side in good stead. “There are a few South American teams out there, so at least we know now what to expect from them and we’ll learn from it,” Wilshere noted.
And Wilshere conceded Chile were not only capable of niggling fouls, praising their stylish football and ranking it highly. “The last time I played against a team like that was Barcelona,” Wilshere revealed. “The way they keep the ball, the way they play out from the back and when they don’t have the ball they press, they pressed high and made it difficult for us.”
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