Its no longer news that Jack Wilshere was the saviour of England and collected his Sixth man of the match performance in the last seven games. It was particularly pleasing to see that he scored his first two goals in 28 games for the three Lions.
This has brought to the fore the importance of Arsenal to England. Gone are the days when we did not have anybody in the England team. Wilshere, Gibbs, Chamberlain, Walcott and Welbeck would surely make the team for the Euros while Jenko and Chambers are preparing for a very important U-21 Euros.
One thing Hodgson would be grateful for is the impact that Wenger’s boys have had on their qualification campaign.
Switzerland 0-2 England
Danny Welbeck scored two goals to seal an unlikely victory for three Lions.
England 5-0 San Marino
Welbeck was part of the goals again as England thrashed the whipping boys.
Estonia 0-1 England
While no gooner was on the score sheet, Wilshere won the Man of the Match.
England 3-0 Slovenia
Again, Welbeck was on the score sheet again. This time with a brace.
England 4-0 Lithuania
Again, Welbeck was on the scoresheet and former gooner Harry Kane got his debut goal.
Slovenia 2-3 England.
WIikshere silenced his critics, Man of the Match, Two goals of the top quality and a very energetic display.
At this point, you have to appreciate the impact of the gooners on the team.
However, the success of England would be hinged on how Arsenal plays this coming season.
Wilshere is almost certain to play as a holding midfielder for England, but him to master that role, he has to play that same role for Arsenal, which is almost impossible as Wenger does not see him as that kind of player. Would Gibbs be able to unseat Monreal as first choice left back? Danny Rose, Luke Shaw, Ryan Betrand are lurking behind. Would Walcott and Welbeck get enough game time?
One thing that is sure is that England’s worries would not influence Wenger’s mind.
Many of us must have stayed up late to see the new kit launch. I would give kuddles to Puma this time, they have done a much better job than the just finished season. But I am not a fan of jerseys as it does not have any influence on how the team plays, if Puma makes a jersey that would make Walcott run faster than the speed of Light, then I would be glad.
During the kit launch, Nacho Monreal gave a very insightful interview about Bellerin, Ospina, Gibbs and more. What intrigues me is the bluntness of this interview. Check it out here.
Sanchez and his Chile Friends played out an an entertaining 3-3 draw with Mexico. Vidal with two goals and Vargas with the other. Sanchez has a goal cancelled for offside. Does it worry me that he has not scored? Slightly. But he is playing very well though.
Before I depart, one tweet (about Wilshere) made me laugh uncontrollably…decided to share it with you..
See you all tomorrow.;)