Wilshere calls on England youngsters to grow up

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere believes England’s young players need to step up to international football as soon as possible, ESPN has reported.

Wilshere, who included himself in his comments, was part of the Three Lions squad that failed to get out of the group stage at the World Cup. He has said since returning home that it’s not enough to speak of the team’s potential, calling on his colleagues to achieve something.

“It’s easy for me to stand here and say: ‘We’re young, we can go forward.’ But if you look at Germany, a team like that, they’ve got young players who are delivering now,” he said. “Time is running out for us to say we’re young any more.

“I’m 22, only Ross [Barkley], Luke [Shaw] and Raheem [Sterling] are young players. They showed in this tournament what they can do, but in the next tournament we really have to deliver. It is a nice group of young players and hopefully we can stick together, learn from this tournament, take all this disappointment and bottle it up. This is the worst feeling.”

As well as the likes of Wilshere, Barkley, Shaw and Sterling, England manager Roy Hodgson also took the experienced pair Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to Brazil, while striker Wayne Rooney has 95 England caps despite being only 28.

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