A tired Jack Wilshere still turned in a Man of the Match display for England this afternoon to hopefully shut Pearce up after the U21 manager whined that Wilshere had withdrawn from his precious U21 squad.
Young Jack proved he is not only a fully established international, but that he’s one of England’s best players already after his tenacity and inventiveness hauled England back from 2-0 down against a lively but mediocre Swiss side.
With that in mind, how in the hell would he – or the full England team – have benefited by going to Denmark this summer? Plus he is quite clearly knackered!
I’m not going to rake over this argument again though. You can read my views in this post I made shortly before Wilshere announced he wouldn’t be going.
Super Jack won the penalty to get England back into the game before the break and had a terrific second half, the highlight being a 30 yard run past two players prior to a great through ball which Darren Bent wasted. England need Wilshere rested for the Euros next summer and if Pearce still can’t see that he’s an even thicker plank than I thought.
In contrast to Jack’s performance, Johann Djourou continued his woeful recent form with an abysmal display for the Swiss. He took Jack down for the penalty and might’ve conceded another when he scythed down Walcott (who had a lacklustre game). Then he allowed Milner to wriggle past him on the byline and lost Bent for the one-on-one chance Wilshere set up. Djourou looks like he desperately needs a good summer’s rest.
Weary Jack was still the best player on the park against the Swiss
Watching the game I noticed how disciplined Scott Parker is holding the midfield. He sat in front of Terry & Ferdinand all game and screened them from marauding Swiss attackers. He didn’t charge upfield looking for goals or dribble unnecessarily like Song does from time to time – he showed how to sit and hold properly. Nothing more, nothing less. I hope Wenger was watching, because even though Parker had an average game by his standards, his professionalism and discipline shone through and reminded me how few quality, experienced players we have at Arsenal. It would be fantastic to have him protecting Vermaelen & Cahill/Samba/Jagielka (please sign one of them Wenger) and would surely improve on our poor goals against tally (read more about our ever-worsening defence in this recent post
I fear Wenger won’t be signing any established stars though, he’s too stubborn for that. So we’ll have to hope Djourou rediscovers his form and Wilshere gets that much needed and well deserved rest if we’re to challenge for even a top four spot next season.
As for Pearce, I wish his side well in Denmark but I hope he now realises there’s nothing more the U21s can do for Jack – he’s a proper England player now and needs to be treated like one if he’s going to have an impact in Euro 2012.
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