Arsenal legend says Wilshere is wasted for England

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour says Jack Wilshere is wasted playing in the holding role for England, reports the Daily Mail.

Wilshere has struggled to produce his best form for his country under Roy Hodgson, and Parlour believes it is because the 22-year-old has not been deployed in his preferred position.

Wilshere was allowed to play further forward in a midfield diamond as England ran out 5-0 winners over San Marino, a game which saw the Arsenal man named as man of the match.

And Parlour says he would like to see him used in a more advanced position more often.

‘I really believe his best position is more of an advanced midfielder,’ Parlour said.

‘His game is best when he is doing those little one-twos around the penalty box.

‘He knows exactly when to give it, he holds onto it enough and he does those driving runs forwards – I think that is Jack Wilshere at his best.

‘I always think you’ve got to be playing on a regular basis in that regular position if you’re going to be playing for your country. Roy Hodgson has got to make a big decision.

‘Certainly I believe Jack Wilshere’s position is more advanced and Roy will have to look into the further we get into the group and obviously in two years’ time in the European Championships.

‘Who plays there, I don’t know. It is a situation where there is a big decision as to who play there, but at the moment I’d like Jack further forwards, around that penalty box, creating chances.’