Arsenal star refuses to change all-action approach

first_img1 Jack Wilshere has refused to change his all-action approach – despite recent injury problems.The Arsenal midfielder is likely to line up for England in their final European Championship qualifier of the season in Slovenia on Sunday afternoon.But, whilst a number of his international colleagues will be going into the game in Ljubljana having played 12 months of non-stop football, Wilshere will be fresh, fit and ready after another stop-start season with the Gunners.The 23-year-old made just 15 starts for Arsenal as a number of serious ankle injuries kept him on the sidelines but Wilshere insists he knows only one way to play.“When I was injured, I read a few people who said that,” he replied when asked if he had thought about making changes to his approach.“I thought ‘maybe they are right. Maybe I should just change it a little bit’. But in my first game back, naturally I just want to pick the ball up and run with it.“I can’t change that. I can work on a few things maybe. If you look at the best dribblers in the world, (Lionel) Messi, (Andreas) Iniesta, when they are running with the ball it is always close to them so maybe I could work on that. But I definitely won’t be changing my game.”Wilshere has yet to score for England but his performance in Sunday’s forgettable goalless draw with the Republic of Ireland was one bright note for Roy Hodgson.The England manager has converted Wilshere into a deep-lying midfielder in his new system at the base of a diamond and, although the Arsenal man is still adjusting to the role, he enjoys the challenge of playing there even if he was anxious when first tasked with job.“I have not played many games for Arsenal since coming back from injury and I have not played many games in my new role for England,” he said.“So it (the Ireland friendly) was another game for me, it was a different test. It was against players that I know well and it was tough. But looking back, I felt I did okay, personally.“I’ve said before I really enjoy playing in that position. Before the Switzerland game when the manager said he wanted me to play in that role and he saw it as the new position, I was a bit nervous, naturally because it was our first big game since the World Cup and we lost a few big names in that position in midfield.“So the whole team was nervous going into that game but personally I was a bit nervous because it was a big position for the team. But since that game, I feel I’ve come a long way. I’ve learned a lot and I’m getting better every game.”As well as his own improvements, Wilshere believes the England team as a whole has now moved on from a disappointing and winless World Cup.The 2-1 defeat to Uruguay in the second group game was the last time Hodgson’s side lost and England travel to Slovenia looking to keep their perfect European Championship qualifying record in tact.“I think we have come a long way,” added Wilshere, who is waiting to face an FA disciplinary hearing as he accepted a charge after singing anti-Tottenham songs during Arsenal’s FA Cup trophy parade.“After the World Cup, people were writing us off and we went to Switzerland with a new team, a young team, with a new formation and we won. It was a big step for us and even though we played well in that game, I still feel we have come a long way since then.“We are unbeaten since then, we want to finish the season unbeaten. But we will go into this game as we do any other game. If you look at the group, Switzerland and Slovenia are the two teams that can cause use real problems.“We know it could be one of those games that could be 0-0 until 60-70 minutes but we have got to keep going, keep doing the things we have been doing up until now.“We still feel we have got a long way to go before we are where we want to be. We have got another year to do it and if we win on Sunday, it’ll be a big step towards qualifying.” Jack Wilshere last_img read more

Alli returns as Spurs make four changes, Dendoncker starts for Wolves

first_img Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo says his side will go to Wembley to compete 4 Tottenham Hotspur look to continue their fine form in the Premier League when they host Wolves at Wembley on Saturday.Mauricio Pochettino’s side have scored 11 goals in their last two matches as they steamrolled Everton and Bournemouth 6-2 and 5-0 respectively to overtake Manchester City and move into second in the table. Wovles themselves have enjoyed a good run of form, though, and have picked up ten points from their last five games.If they win, and results go their way, they could go as high as seventh.Team newsTottenham welcome back Dele Alli after he missed the Boxing Day romp over Bournemouth due to a hamstring injury.He is one of four changes to the Spurs side, with Davinson Sanchez, Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies all returning.Wolves make three changes to the team which drew with Fulham on Boxing Day, as Leander Dendoncker makes his first start while Ruben Neves and Ivan Cavaleiro come into the side.Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Son, Kane. Subs: Rose, Nkoudou, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Gazzaniga, Lucas Moura, Skipp.Wolves: Rui Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Jonny, Ivan Cavaleiro, Traore, Jimenez. Subs: Helder Costa, Gibbs-White, John Ruddy, Saiss, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Vinagre, Leo Bonatini.Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire) What the managers are sayingMauricio Pochettion (Spurs): “We’re in good momentum and it’s so important to keep that momentum. Of course, the atmosphere and the feeling is so good.“In the same way, we’re thinking about recovering quickly because on Saturday we need to compete in our best way again. You cannot stop.“We always try to give our best and then do everything to try to recover all the energy to be ready to compete again.“Wolves are a very good team that play very well. We played a few months ago against them (won 3-2). That was tough. They have very good players and the manager is doing a fantastic job.“We know it will be a difficult game but we have the belief to go out and perform in the best way.” Nuno Espirito Santo (Wolves): “I really enjoy watching Tottenham play. I am very thankful for the compliment (paid by Mauricio Pochettino) and it shows the world what we have been trying to do in creating an identity but it doesn’t mean we will go there with a smile.“We will go there to compete. They are in a very good moment, 11 goals in two matches in a very busy moment of the season. 4 Wolves’ Joao Moutinho challenges Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur 4 4 Dele Alli missed Tottenham’s win over Bournemouth but is back to face Wolves Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has complemented Wolves “They are doing very well, it shows the quality of the squad, of the management and we look at Tottenham knowing it’s going to be hard game.“We have to fear all the teams in the Premier League. We have to respect and know the opponent has all the qualities.”last_img read more