Rumor has it that England skipper Roy Hodgson is more keen to start the likes of Jordan Henderson than Jack Wilshere at midfield for the the team at the 2014 World Cup. If this is his strategy, clearly he means to play a more defensive style of play and hope to squeak out a goal and sit on it rather than continuously create chances.
Wilshere is creativity at its finest. His career hasn’t quite struck gold yet like many predicted, but it’s mainly due to injury. When he’s on the field, he’s like a spark plug, and other players can feed off that. With the likes of Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge on the pitch, the electricity could easily become contagious. Wilshere would just be another link with the upside of being a conduit himself.
Henderson is a good player, but he’s defensive-minded, and doesn’t contribute much on the attacking front. That’s not taking anything away from Henderson, but in a group with Italy and Uruguay, England can’t settle for draws or they could be headed for an early exit. They need a uptempo attack that compliments the high-paced players they have, and Wilshere is one of those players.
Not only that, but the majority of England’s midfielders are the laid-back, controlling type. For example, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are of that variety. Wilshere isn’t that type. He’s an attacker. He can create plays and continue already existing plays.
England need to get out to a good start against Italy in their opener. They need to hit them hard and establish themselves early on. Wilshere is the best candidate for such a campaign.