England v Germany: Jack Wilshere claims playing Chile was just like facing Barcelona
'We'll learn from the defeat,' says Arsenal midfielder
Monday 18 November 2013
Jack Wilshere believes England could learn from the canny tactics employed by Chile in their 2-0 win at Wembley on Friday.
Roy Hodgson's men struggled to get to grips with the possession game adopted by the South Americans, who also used tactical fouls to their advantage to prevent being hit on the break.
Arsenal midfielder Wilshere admitted England had learnt lessons from the defeat and may look to bring some elements of the Chilean performance into their own game.
"South American teams like to make little fouls and break the game up, which gets frustrating," he 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.
"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 is desperate to help England avoid consecutive defeats when Germany visit Wembley on Tuesday.
He said: "We don't want to lose two on the bounce at Wembley. We'll recover from Chile, we'll get ready, we'll watch it again and learn from it."
Wilshere compared the contest with the South Americans to playing Barcelona, whose striker Alexis Sanchez netted both goals.
He said: "The last time I played against a team like that was Barcelona, 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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