Alan Smith impressed by Jack Wilshere for England

Smith impressed by Wilshere
© Getty Images
Former England striker Alan Smith praises Jack Wilshere for playing a key role in the team's recent Euro 2016 qualifying wins.

Former England striker Alan Smith has praised Jack Wilshere for his performances in the team's recent Euro 2016 qualifying wins over San Marino and Estonia.

The 22-year-old played in a deeper role during both games as the Three Lions maintained a 100% start to their campaign.

With the youngster having suffered a string of injury problems in the early part of his career, Smith believes that Wilshere is now benefiting from an improvement in his fitness.

"I thought Jack Wilshere was outstanding, man of the match (against Estonia)," he told Sky Sports News. "Having spoken to some of the England coaching staff, they're trying to get him to look beyond that 10 yards that he quite often plays in for Arsenal, where he's playing little one-twos and going past people.

"But he's raising his head now and looking for those runs of Wayne Rooney, and they're on the same wavelength so it's great for Rooney. For Wilshere, fitness helps and he's had a run of games for club of country. He's looking really sharp."

Wilshere and his Arsenal teammates return to Premier League action on Saturday when they entertain Hull City.

England's coach Roy Hodgson walks off the pitch following the game against Estonia during a UEFA 2016 European Championship qualifying group E football match between England and Estonia in Tallinn, Estonia, on October 12, 2014
Read Next:
England's two qualifiers: Five talking points
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



Premier League
Championship
League One
League Two
National League
Scottish League Cup
Scottish Premiership
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
La Liga
Bundesliga
Serie A
Ligue 1
Premier League 2 - Div 1
Segunda Division
2.Bundesliga
Serie B
Ligue 2
Australian A-League
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
Russian Premier League
Turkish Super Lig
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City98103242825
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd96212241820
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs85211551017
4Chelsea95131710716
5Watford94321517-215
6Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9423108214
7Arsenal84131210213
8Liverpool83411312113
9Burnley934289-113
10Southampton933389-112
11Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9333710-312
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton9324910-111
13West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom9243710-310
14Leicester CityLeicester92341214-29
15Swansea CitySwansea9225610-48
16Everton8224513-88
17West Ham UnitedWest Ham9225817-98
18Stoke CityStoke92251020-108
19Bournemouth9216613-77
20Crystal Palace9108219-173
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand