Terry backs Wilshere approach

Wilshere was disappointed not to be included in the England

Under-21 squad for this summer’s UEFA Championships after a

successful first full campaign with Arsenal. But Terry has seen

enough at club and international level to know Wilshere will be a

vital cog in England’s future, as he spoke ahead of Saturday

night’s clash with Switzerland at Wembley. Terry said: “He doesn’t

look tired. He’s played 60 games this season, his first full

season, and I see him now as a huge part of our senior set-up. “I

think if we’re going to nurture and look after him, and we’re

looking to the Euros next summer, he has to be looked after.

“What’s happened is unfortunate for the Under-21s, but Jack has

been different class for us in the last couple of games. “I see him

as a major part of our set-up here.” Terry added: “I had a chat

with him. It was a big issue. He’s obviously disappointed that he’s

not going. “But, at the same time, he feels part of the senior

set-up. That’s the confidence he’s brought in. That’s encouraging

for him as well. “I honestly feel we need to look after him and

make him feel comfortable in his decision.” Terry has been

surprised how quickly Wilshere has adapted to playing at senior

level for his country. He said: “Not many of us expected him to

step up the way he has done. “Everyone was keen to see fresh faces

and fresh players come in, and he’s been the one who’s stood out

out of everyone. “Hopefully he can have an injury-free season next

year and be ready for the Euros. “The way he glides past players is

very much Zola-esque a little bit. “He shows a huge amount of

confidence for someone so young. His ability speaks for itself.”

Terry, meanwhile, would welcome the return of Guus Hiddink as

Chelsea boss – even with his “no-nonsense” style of management. The

Blues captain has stayed in touch with Hiddink since his four-month

spell in charge in 2009, when he led the club to FA Cup glory. Now

Hiddink is being linked with a return to Stamford Bridge in place

of Carlo Ancelotti – and he would have Terry’s full backing. Terry

said: “I would like to see him back. He brought a lot of stability

last time. He was a no-nonsense manager. Even with the senior

players, completely. “I see with him players turning up late for

meetings and then getting left out of the side, having been in the

side previously, if they turn up five minutes late. No matter who

it was. “That was Guus, his type of character. He was very

understandable and approachable as well, but, at the same time, he

had that about him too where no one messed about with him.”