Emirates Stadium

Next Game

Arsenal v Benfica

Saturday, 02 August 2014, 16:20

Friendly Match

Red Bull Arena

Last Game

New York Red Bulls 1 - 0 Arsenal

Saturday, 26 July 2014, 22:00

Friendly Match

Mills unimpressed by Wilshere

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has not lived up to his potential and should not go to the World Cup, says former England defender Danny Mills.

Last Updated: 06/03/14 at 18:42 Post Comment

Jack Wilshere: Was injured in England's friendly against Denmark

Jack Wilshere: Was injured in England's friendly against Denmark

Wilshere faces six weeks on the sidelines after suffering a hairline fracture in his left foot during England's friendly with Denmark on Wednesday night but, even before that news broke, Mills questioned whether Roy Hodgson should include the 22-year-old in his squad for the World Cup this summer.

Speaking before news of Wilshere's lay-off broke, Mills told Sky Sports News Radio: "I'm not sure Jack Wilshere would make my squad. He seems to run like he's got a limp. I'm not convinced he's 90% fit, let alone 100% fit, but in a World Cup year players will push their bodies to the limit.

"He might need an operation, he might need a rest, but he knows he has the chance to go to a World Cup and therefore might be trying to play through the pain barrier when he's not quite right. You cannot do that at the highest level."

Even if Wilshere were fully fit, Mills has doubts over the midfielder and believes an injury to Steven Gerrard would represent a disaster for England.

He added: "The big concern for England is what happens if you lose Steven Gerrard to injury? You take his passing ability and his discipline to sit in front of the back four, there is not a single player that can fill his shoes.

"Wilshere's not strong enough (for that role). Physically he's not strong enough. He doesn't have that burst of pace to go past people.

"He is a continuity player, he passes it backwards, he's neat, he's tidy. How many goals has he scored this year, how many chances has he created?

"I know he's been involved in a couple of wonder goals but does he do enough week-in, week-out to say he has really lived up to his potential?"

To hear who else Mills would pick and leave out of his England team, listen to his full interview with Sky Sports News Radio via the Souncloud player below.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

hump3.
Van Gaal: 'I struggle for first three months'

H

e will be the England left back for ten years or more, and then you will have to thank MUFC for that. *smiles*

london saint
Shaw: Criticism spot on

P

urely because of that little diva moment he had last night, I don't want him coming to my club. DESTROYED ? Grow up and give something back to the club that helped put you up there on the world stage.

bale doubt
Saints' Schneiderlin stalemate

Footer 365

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes says current squad unbalanced

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes says the current squad at Old Trafford is unbalanced.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard told Luis Suarez he was too good for Arsenal

Steven Gerrard has revealed he told Luis Suarez to stay at Liverpool last season as he was too good for Arsenal.

West Ham's Ravel Morrison charged with assaulting two women

West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison has been charged with assaulting two women.

Mail Box

Divock Origi Is Like Connor Sammon (Sort Of)

One Mailboxer inserts his tongue into cheek to offer his thoughts on Liverpool's newest signing. Plus thoughts on league-owned clubs, badges, and swearing...

Mails Come From A Land Down Under

We have an example of league-owned clubs from Australia while Kiwi boys want more respect for refs. Plus, Van Gaal won't stick with 3-5-2 and worried if Koeman will cut it...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property