Jack Wilshere has been under-fire over the last few days; from controversial views on footballers playing for England to urinating against a wall, he is struggling to step out of the spotlight. However, while these incidents seem to be playing on everyone else’s mind, Wilshere’s primary focus is tonight’s match against Poland, and he doesn’t think it’s going to be easy.
Aware of the pressure the team are under to qualify for the World Cup, Wilshere is using his first-hand experience as an Arsenal player to gauge how this match is going to go. He is very well acquainted with two of Poland’s three goalkeepers as he plays alongside them at Arsenal, and consequently knows how they feel about winning at Wembley – even if the Poles can’t qualify. His other major threat is Robert Lewandowski, a highly sought-after player in European football. And judging by his performance last year, Wilshere has described him as Poland’s “main dangerman”.
While he is aware of the pressure, he is right with the rest of the squad in not wanting a repeat of the disappointment experienced after not qualifying for the Euros. Let’s hope between knowing the threats that face them and the dream of wanting to play in the World Cup will be enough for the squad to get England a win this evening!