Xavi has again spoken out in praise of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, claiming he can become “one of the best midfield players in the world”.
Xavi said last month that Wilshere was a “different kind of English player”, and now the Barcelona legend has heaped more praise on the 23-year-old ahead of England’s friendly against Spain.
“If he had a career that had been injury-free we would already be talking about him as one of the top central midfield players in Europe,” said Xavi.
“I have played against him, I have watched him carefully, and if he can overcome injuries, then he can still go on an be one of the best midfield players in the world.
“With all respect, he doesn’t play the English way.
“He has an excellent passing range, an ability not to lose the ball, it is clear that he has had his education at Arsenal.
“For many years now the one position England have not struggled with is world-class midfield players. Scholes, and then more recently Lampard and Gerrard.
“Now I see Wilshere as the future of English football, that is why it is so important they keep him fit.”