Jack Wilshere insists he can handle the pressure amid growing expectations

Arsenal midfielder was man-of-the-match for England against Brazil

England midfielder Jack Wilshere is confident he can handle the growing expectation levels placed on his young shoulders, but warned “one play can never win a World Cup for a nation”.

Wilshere has been showered with praise after returning to fitness following an horrific ankle injury, and turned in a man-of-the-match performance in the 2-1 win over Brazil at Wembley.

But he is quick to acknowledge the importance and influence on him of the likes of skipper Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in the midfield department.

Wilshere said: "I don't think one play can ever win a World Cup for a nation. Listen, I've got great players around me.

"We've got Steven Gerrard, still one of the best midfielders in the world, and Lamps who came on and scored a great goal - and we've got good young players as well.

"There are going to be expectations and when you are playing well and you are in the national team, there are always going to be high expectations.

"But I think you have to deal with that."

Wilshere said: "It's great having Stevie and Lamps alongside me. I used to come to Wembley to watch them play, so to play with them now is a dream come true.

"It's testament to them that they keep doing it at their age.

"Ten years at the top is something I want to do, so looking at those two is something I look up to.

"Stevie is probably the fittest guy in the team and Lamps came on and got a great goal. He has been doing that for years, scoring important goals, and he keeps doing it."

Wilshere looked at home in a 4-3-3 formation and admits he prefers that to a 4-4-2 system.

He said: "I think the formation helped me against Brazil. I prefer to play in a three rather than a 4-4-2. A 4-3-3 system suits my game and suits the other players better.

"If we get that side right, we can dominate a midfield and we showed that against Brazil.

"We defend well and once we get the chance to go forward, we break really well and we've got the pace with Theo and Wayne upfront.

We work hard on tactics. That's what Roy Hodgson does, he is great at that. He gets us working well defensively and going forward."

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before