Wilshere not expecting WC call-up
Arsenal youngster Jack Wilshere has played down his chances of
making Fabio Capello’s England squad for the World Cup finals.
After Gunners team-mate Theo Walcott’s surprise call-up for
the tournament in Germany in 2006, Wilshere, who turns 18 on New
Year’s Day, has been tipped by many as the dark horse for the 2010
tournament in South Africa.
Capello is known to be an admirer of the midfielder, who has
impressed on his outings for Arsenal this season.
Wilshere, though, insists he has a long way to go before he
is challenging England’s established names. He told the Sunday
Times: “I’d rather there wasn’t the hype. (England talk) is nice to
hear but it’s difficult, too. I mean, I can look forward to things
but I’m not stupid.
“You’ve got to play for your club first and I’m looking to
play regularly for Arsenal before anything else.”
Regarding the World Cup, he said: “Realistically, no, it’s
not going to happen. There’s players ahead of me. I wouldn’t be
heartbroken if I didn’t go.”