By Neil James: Jack Wilshere has said that he would like to follow his idol Steven Gerrard in becoming England captain and being the heartbeat of both club and country.
The Arsenal midfielder has excelled in recent weeks following his return from injury and has been the lynchpin in the Gunners midfield.
The 21-year-old has continued to work hard in training getting up to speed which he has shown in his displays on the pitch, Wilshere is going from strength to strength with each game.
Wilshere is looking to put a frustrating time on side-lines behind him after suffering ankle and knee injuries last season, the midfielder helped Arsenal beat Swansea scoring a superb late winner in the FA Cup on Wednesday.
Arsene Wenger is careful not add more pressure on his player but Arsenal manager insists there is much more to come.
Wilshere has been compared Gerrard recently with his stellar performances for Arsenal this season.
“I remember Steven Gerrard scoring a similar goal to mine in the FA Cup final against West Ham and also the Champions League game against Olympiacos. He is a great player, but I think I am a bit different – his long passing is better than mine,” said Wilshere.
“He has been the heartbeat of Liverpool for years. He has also been the stand-out performer for England as well.
“He is a great role model for me. If I can get anywhere near as good as him and drive the team forward like he does, then I will be happy.
“He was someone I looked up to when I was younger. He has 100 caps for England. For any young midfielder he is someone to base your game on and try to be like him.”
Despite all the hype surrounding Wilshere, the player has his feet firmly on the ground and will not let the plaudits go to his head.
“I have got a great family around me who keep me grounded. I don’t see myself different to anyone else. I have to work hard,” he said.
“I missed a year of football which is tough, particularly because I am a young player who was breaking through, but I am not where I want to be yet.
“I just want to work hard on my right foot, on my long passing, things like that and just get better and better.”