Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says that the England national team is extremely keen on doing well at the World Cup 2014. The national team has not done well in recent major tournaments, while their only World Cup victory till date came in 1966 when the tournament was held in England. As a result, not much is expected from them ahead of the tournament in Brazil, which will start on June 12. Despite this, Wilshere says that all the players from the national team are keen on rewriting the history.
If they are to do so, the tough work will start with the group stage matches because Roy Hodgson’s team will be coming up against the likes of Uruguay and Italy. Both these teams are considered as dark horses for the title itself and England need to beat them in order to progress from the group stages. Wilshere just recently returned from injury problems, which have plagued him for the last two years. He has said that he is certainly not feeling 100% fit, but the upcoming friendly matches against the likes of Ecuador will be helpful in helping him improve his match fitness.
The lack of experience in the squad will be compensated by the presence of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard according to Wilshere.
“We are going to a tournament and we are not going to say we are happy with the semis. We are going there to win it. We want to make the country proud. We are going there with a young squad and when you do that, they bring a ‘no fear factor’. We have got the likes of (Steven) Gerrard and (Frank) Lampard who are there to calm everything down. They have been there three or four times. It is a good mix,” said the Arsenal man.