Sunday 18 February 2018

Wilshere: Fans were right to boo Euro flops

England's Jack Wilshere. Picture Credit: Reuters/Phil Noble
England's Jack Wilshere. Picture Credit: Reuters/Phil Noble

Jason Burt

Jack Wilshere has conceded that England's players deserve to be booed by supporters and have to "win the trust of the country back" after the Euro 2016 debacle.

Speaking at the Premier League's launch day, the injury-plagued Arsenal midfielder also said that his only target this campaign is "to play as many games as possible" after a series of long-term setbacks.

The 24-year-old missed most of last season after breaking a leg in training the day before the Community Shield in what he said was the kind of "ridiculous challenge" he needs to cut out of his game but returned to be a part of England's squad in the finals.

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Asked whether the England players could expect a "hard time" from away fans when they play for their clubs after being knocked out by Iceland, Wilshere said: "Yes, I think so, because we know we were not good enough.

"We know we didn't reach the heights the country expected us to meet. We didn't perform and we let the fans down.

"They are passionate, and they are going to show their frustration."

Wilshere professed himself pleased that Sam Allardyce was Hodgson's successor.

"One thing that stands out is that his teams have always been organised. People talk about his style of play, but I think he does what it takes to win games. And I think England needs that as well."

Irish Independent

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