Jack Wilshere has been full of praise for Mesut Ozil, the German playmaker who joined Arsenal for a club-record £42.5m in September.
England face Germany on Tuesday night at Wembley, but luckily he won’t have to come up against his Gunners’ team-mate, who will be rested for the friendly.
"He's been superb since he's come," said Wilshere, of the arrival from Real Madrid.
"He's a top, top player and he's been like that for years. Ever since the 2010 World Cup, I've been watching him. He's a great player.
"He's one of a few for Germany. You've got players like (Marco) Reus. They have a great midfield. It's going to be a tough night for us but we'll be ready for that."
Asked whether his game has altered playing alongside Ozil, Wilshere added: "I don't think my game has changed. I haven't played that much."
Wilshere has endured a number of lengthy injury absences in recent times and is a far from a certain starter against Germany, particularly when Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hears his midfielder suffered a knock against Chile.
Wilshere said: "I got a dead calf. Especially against South American opposition you expect fouls like that. I'll be all right."
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