Jack Wilshere pictured smoking: Arsenal midfielder wants to draw a line under incident after repaying Arsene Wenger with goal against West Brom

Wilshere scored the equalising goal that restored the Gunners to the top of the league days after being pictured smoking outside a nightclub

Jack Wilshere has admitted that he made a mistake when pictured smoking a cigarette and that he now hopes to draw a line under the incident.

The Arsenal midfielder was snapped outside a London nightclub smoking while out with his club team-mates celebrating the 2-0 Champions League victory over Napoli last week.

After initially claiming that it was part of a prank with his colleagues, Wilshere admitted that he was in fact smoking, but insisted that he is not a smoker and that he will not do it again.

Having come off the bench against the Italian side, Wilshere was restored to the starting line-up for Sunday’s trip to West Brom, and he ensured that people soon forgot about the incident by firing in the Gunners’ equaliser that returned them to the top of the Premier League.

Ahead of England’s campaign defining matches against Montenegro and Poland, Wilshere has said that he discussed the matter with club boss Arsene Wenger and that people do make mistakes.

“I've learnt that you've just got to concentrate on your football," Wilshere said in a pre-match press conference.

“You're a footballer at the end of the day and when it comes to the weekend you've got to be ready.

“Players and young people make mistakes and I made a mistake.

“I spoke to the boss (Wenger) and we sorted it out and he put me in the team on Sunday and hopefully I repaid him with a goal so hopefully it's all done now.”

Despite Wilshere accepting he was in the wrong, fans took little time to let him off as they sag “Jack Wilshere, he smokes when he wants” in the stands at the Hawthorns.

Having learned from his mistakes off the pitch, Wilshere accepts that he still has a lot to learn on it, and intends to use these England matches to learn from experienced midfield duo Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, who have both surpassed the 100 cap mark.

"As a young footballer I have grown up watching those two and you can learn things from both of them," Wilshere said.

"The way Steven Gerrard passes the ball, his range of passing and how he puts his foot in and the way Lampard gets forward and his goalscoring record speaks for itself so I can learn from both of them."

A win against Montenegro on Friday would put the Three Lions on the cusp of World Cup qualification, meaning they would need just a point against Poland next Tuesday to secure their place in Brazil next summer, and could also go through even if they lose with their superior goal difference.

Lampard joined the 100-club in the goalless draw with Ukraine last time out Lampard joined the 100-club in the goalless draw with Ukraine last time out  

But losing is not something that Wilshere is considering as he claims England’s rejuvenated strike force will pose a major threat to the opposition.

"We have got Sturridge and Rooney back which is going to be massive for us as you want your best players available," he said.

"Rickie Lambert has done a great job. He scored a couple and did well in Ukraine which was a difficult place to go and be up there on your own and do the job he did, he did really well.

"We have got Defoe as well who can score from any position and Danny Welbeck as well who is looking sharp. We have got a good mix there and it can only be helpful for us."

Despite going into the match with an unbeaten record throughout their group games, England have failed to beat any of the sides that they are competing against for qualification, with their wins so far having come against San Marino and Moldova.

Wilshere acknowledges that the unbeaten run gives them some momentum, but accepts that they could keep that record intact and still fail to qualify even for the play-offs.

"It's nice to be unbeaten but we can still be unbeaten and not go to the World Cup," he added.

"We don't want that. We have got two big games ahead of us and that's the way we've got to look at it. We need to focus. We will look at Montenegro and look at their strengths."

Jagielka has been an integral part of England's unbeaten run Jagielka has been an integral part of England's unbeaten run  

England and Everton defender Phil Jagielka also appeared in a confident mood that Roy Hodgson's team can deal with the expectancy that they will book their place for next year’s showcase tournament.

"I was there when we drew the game away at Montenegro, as a team they've got a fantastic unit together," said Jagielka, who has become a mainstay at the back for England alongside Gary Cahill.

"They put us under a lot of pressure, they are progressing and they're confident as well.

"They're going into this game as confident as us due to the fact they've picked up draws against us before, and they're still in with a chance of trying to qualify themselves.

"We all know the task that lies ahead. I think there are quite a few people who've got the experience of being in similar situations before, so they've got big roles to play.

"We've also got some young lads with fantastic ability, so we're massively confident we can go out there and put on a good performance which can hopefully produce goals."

News
news

Emergency call 'started off dumb, but got pretty serious'

News
people

Britain First criticised for using actress's memory to draw attention to their 'hate-filled home page'

Arts and Entertainment
JK Rowling is releasing a new Harry Potter story about Dolores Umbridge
arts + entsJK Rowling to publish new story set in wizard's world for Halloween
News
Russell Brand was in typically combative form during his promotional interview with Newsnight's Evan Davis
people

Thought you'd seen it all after the Jeremy Paxman interview?

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
On The Apprentice, “serious” left the room many moons ago and yet still we watch
tv

Greatest mystery about the hit BBC1 show is how it continues to be made at all, writes Grace Dent

Life and Style
tech

Voices
Funds raised from the sale of poppies help the members of the armed forces with financial difficulties
voicesLindsey German: The best way of protecting soldiers is to stop sending them into conflicts
Arts and Entertainment
A scene from David Ayer's 'Fury'
film

"History is violent," says the US Army tank commander Don "Wardaddy" Collier

News
The Edge and his wife, Morleigh Steinberg, at the Academy Awards in 2014
peopleGuitarist faces protests over plan to build mansions in Malibu
Sport
Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi during Barcelona training in August
football

Striker's four-month ban for biting an opponent expires on Friday

News
news
News
peopleFox presenter gives her less than favourable view of women in politics
News
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin married in Venice yesterday
peopleAmal and George Clooney 'planning third celebration in England'
Property
One bedroom terraced house for sale, Richmond Avenue, Islington, London N1. On with Winkworths for £275,000.
property
Sport
Erik Lamela celebrates his goal
football

Argentinian scored 'rabona' wonder goal for Tottenham in Europa League – see it here

News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
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.

Day In a Page

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker