Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has the potential to be one of the best players in world football.
Gerrard has been impressed with the injury-plagued playmaker’s return to form, and has backed him to become a genuine star in the not too distant future:
“I think he’s got the potential to become one of the best in the world,” he is quoted by The Mirror.
“I don’t want to add any pressure. That’s unfair. But playing against him recently and in training, he’s a one-off. He’s a lot better than your normal Premier League midfielder. I have a lot of confidence in him.”
The 21-year-old has suffered with injury problems in his short career, leading some to doubt his ability to fulfil his potential.
Gerrard believes that Wilshere is the complete midfielder and is hopeful that he can guide England to future success:
“He’s got a bit of everything, he can tackle, get up and down the pitch, create a goal, score a goal, can pass. He can tick almost every box, and he’s going to get better and better.
“He’s only 21 and a fantastic talent. We’re all delighted he’s back and happy to play with him.”
Even at his tender age, Wilshere is being hailed as the future of both England and Arsenal due to his all action performances and technical ability.
Gerrard feels that he has the personality to deal with the expectation and that he will be helped by senior players:
“He looks as if he can cope with the pressure. You’ve still got the likes of Rooney, Lampard and Cole, other top players in the group, and we’ll share the responsibility out.
“It’s up to us to put our arms round him and make sure you lot don’t put too much pressure on him.”