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England v Germany: Jack Wilshere says Mesut Ozil has been nothing but 'superb' since joining Arsenal

German playmaker will be rested for Wembley friendly on Tuesday

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."