Wilshere reflects on Chile tactics

Jack Wilshere says England could learn from the canny tactics employed by Chile in their 2-0 win at Wembley.

Last Updated: 18/11/13 at 07:13 Post Comment

Jack Wilshere: Thinks England can learn some lessons

Jack Wilshere: Thinks England can learn some lessons

Jack Wilshere believes England could learn from the canny tactics employed by Chile in their 2-0 win at Wembley on Friday.

Roy Hodgson's men struggled to get to grips with the possession game adopted by the South Americans, who also used tactical fouls to their advantage to prevent being hit on the break.

Arsenal midfielder Wilshere admitted England had learnt lessons from the defeat and may look to bring some elements of the Chilean performance into their own game.

"South American teams like to make little fouls and break the game up, which gets frustrating," he said.

"We could learn a bit from them, sometimes, maybe when they're counter-attacking maybe a little foul like they did doesn't hurt.

"Once they did a little foul it slows play down, we have to start again, build up and they're all back. It makes it difficult for us.

"There are a few South American teams out there, so at least we know now what to expect from them and we'll learn from it."

Wilshere is desperate to help England avoid consecutive defeats when Germany visit Wembley on Tuesday.

He said: "We don't want to lose two on the bounce at Wembley. We'll recover from Chile, we'll get ready, we'll watch it again and learn from it."

Wilshere compared the contest with the South Americans to playing Barcelona, whose striker Alexis Sanchez netted both goals.

He said: "The last time I played against a team like that was Barcelona, the way they keep the ball, the way they play out from the back and when they don't have the ball they press, they pressed high and made it difficult for us."

Life could be just as difficult against Germany.

Luckily for England, Mesut Ozil will be rested, but Wilshere knows his Arsenal team-mate is not the only dangerman the Germans possess.

"He's been superb since he's come," said Wilshere, of the £42.4million arrival from Real Madrid.

"He's a top, top player and he's been like that for years. Ever since the 2010 World Cup, I've been watching him. He's a great player.

"He's one of a few for Germany. You've got players like (Marco) Reus. They have a great midfield. It's going to be a tough night for us but we'll be ready for that."

Asked whether his game has altered playing alongside Ozil, Wilshere added: "I don't think my game has changed. I haven't played that much."

Wilshere has endured a number of lengthy injury absences in recent times and is a far from a certain starter against Germany, particularly when Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hears his midfielder suffered a knock against Chile.

Wilshere said: "I got a dead calf. Especially against South American opposition you expect fouls like that. I'll be all right."


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