Wilshere's display thrills Hodgson
February 07, 2013 08:32:00 UK
Jack Wilshere's impressive and mature performance in the 2-1 friendly victory against Brazil thrilled England manager Roy Hodgson.
The 21-year-old Arsenal star produced a man-of-the-match performance against Brazil, who are 3.75 to win the World Cup on home soil next year.
If Jack Wilshere keeps up that level of performance he will soon justify all the expectations.Roy Hodgson
Wilshere, who was only making his seventh appearance for England after being sidelined for 15 months with an ankle injury, was very impressive against Brazil as Hodgson's side, 34.00 to win the 2014 World Cup, produced a creditable performance.
Hodgson said afterwards: "I tried to protect him a little from the media in the build-up but he doesn't need it. It looks like you can crank the expectations up as much as you like and he's quite comfortable with it.
"As long as he is comfortable with the expectations, why should I worry? To be frank, if Jack Wilshere keeps up that level of performance he will soon justify all the expectations. He was very, very good as was Theo Walcott, who terrorised the left side of their defence."
England had not beaten Brazil since 1990 but took the lead at Wembley through Wayne Rooney after Joe Hart had saved Ronaldinho's penalty.
Fred equalised for Brazil after a mistake by Gary Cahill before substitute Frank Lampard grabbed the winner with a sublime finish on the hour mark.
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