Jack Wilshere has been the name on the lips of football pundits and ex-professional players, they are tipping this young Arsenal footballer to rescue the English national team in the wake of the poor World Cup performances. This is a lot of pressure on a young English player who is yet to fully cement his place in the Arsenal starting line-up. Jack has the weight of both Arsenal and England fans on his shoulder following his impressive displays on loan at Bolton Wanderers last season, and good pre-season form for Arsenal this summer.

Jack was born in January 1992 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. After a short spell in Luton Towns academy he signed up with Arsenal at the age of nine years old. Having progressed quickly through the underage leagues, he became Arsenals youngest player in September 2008. Jack was just 16 years and 256 days old when he made his senior debut for the first team. The previous record was held by Cesc Fabergas, a player who Wilshere is favourably compared to.Jack scored his first senior goal for Arsenal just ten days after his senior debut in a convincing 6-0 win against Sheffield United in the League Cup. His Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has publicly stated that Wilshere is a better player at his age, than what star player and captain Cesc Fabergas was.

Jack Wilshere is seen as a new breed of English footballer, he is not the hit and hope player that traditionally England produce. Under the superb Arsenal coaching structure, Jack has been honing his talents and is learning to play the game in a more "Continental" manner. Jack is an attacking midfielder who has a good footballing mind and the ability to play the right pass at the right time. What sets Wilshere apart from his fellow young players is his ability to run and dribble past an opponent. This attribute has grabbed the attention of football fans, managers such as Owen Coyle and fellow players.

Before the national squad was announced for the World Cup in South Africa 2010, there was talk of Wilshere been included in the final squad. This did not happen, and possibly saved Wilshere from enduring a World Cup similair to what his Arsenal team mate Theo Walcott endured in Germany 2006. England manager Fabio Cappello is impressed with the progress that Jack Wilshere has made, and he was rewarded with his first England cap against Hungary in August 2010. This made Wilshere one of the youngest players to represent England. Even though he only played for a short length of time, his performance was well received.

Jack Wilshere has made less than fifty full starts for his club, yet is now forcing his way into the thinking of the national team manager. Whether he is able to maintain his current form and progress is unknown, but he seems to have remained grounded through all that has been expected of him. This is a good sign of the players maturity and intelligence, as far too often young players never live up to their hype.