One of the many high points from what was an excellent win for Roy Hodgson's men over Brazil last night was the outstanding performance of Arsenal's Jack Wilshere.
In what was only his 7th cap of what has, so far, been a stop-start England career, he looked right at home on the biggest stage of all and was undoubtedly England's most impressive performer.
He looked the full package last night and outshone his far more experienced compatriot in Steven Gerrard. There is no weakness in his game; he can pass, shoot, tackle, has strength to burn and works so hard for his team mates.
He is exactly the kind of player that England have been lacking for the past twenty years. The nearest player of the last few years to compare him to would be Paul Gasgoigne at his peak. Wilshere, though, will achieve more than Gasgoigne ever managed in his career. He has a great team of people around him in Arsene Wenger, Roy Hodgson and his family. He also seems very level headed and grounded away from the football pitch.
If he can steer clear of the injuries that have so blighted his career so far, he will be a fixture in the England team for the next fifteen years.
He will undoubtedly captain the side at some point. His pass that created the chance for Theo Walcott, which was eventually tucked away by Wayne Rooney, was simply sublime. It is that moment of genius that can turn a side from serial quarter-finalists into potential tournament winners. If Theo Walcott can continue his recent development and Rooney can continue to play the way he did last night, England and Roy Hodgson could be a force to be reckoned with in Brazil in 2014.
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