The Millwall manager is furious at the poor attitude shown by England players at World Cup 2014, with the Arsenal star’s reaction to being substituted against Costa Rica telling
Ian Holloway has blasted Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere for his poor attitude while on England duty at the World Cup.
The Millwall manager was unhappy with the youngster’s reaction to being substituted in the Three Lions’ dead rubber against Costa Rica, having already been eliminated after their first two games.
Calling the Gunners star’s anger “the epitome of a spoilt millionaire footballer given too much too young”, Holloway feels that it summed up a disastrous attitude which is holding back the national team.
“Almost two weeks after our squad sneaked back home, the image I can’t get out of my head is that of Jack Wilshere sulking his way off the pitch against Costa Rica with a look of absolute disgust on his face,” he wrote in the Daily Mirror.
“The midfielder, subbed after a sub-standard performance, seemed to take Roy Hodgson’s decision as a personal insult.
“If that wasn’t bad enough, he then gave a post-match interview in which he said how hard it had been to motivate himself for the final game of England’s World Cup because he hadn’t started against either Italy or Uruguay and our fate had already been decided.
“I couldn’t believe it. Who the hell does this kid think he is?
“If Wilshere’s attitude and demeanour are typical of an England footballer in 2014, it’s easy to see where we are going wrong. Technical ability and tactical knowledge are vital if you want to be successful at the highest level but there are other qualities that are just as important that can’t be coached into people.
“Spirit, attitude, determination – these have to come from within. Wilshere seemed to be the epitome of a spoilt millionaire footballer given too much too young. At 22, he should have been bursting to show what a talented footballer he is and put down a marker for a place in the England team for Euro 2016.”
Holloway argues that Wilshere should take a leaf out of former Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie’s book, substituted calmly in Netherlands’ crucial second-round encounter with Mexico.
“Compare his attitude to that of Robin van Persie. The Manchester United striker is Holland’s main man but, with the Dutch trailing Mexico, he took Louis van Gaal’s decision to replace him with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar without the slightest dissent,” the ex-Crystal Palace boss added.
“RVP would have been gutted but Holland scored twice in the final two minutes to go through to the last eight, with Huntelaar firing home the winner from the spot.
“I don’t think England are as far behind the rest of the world as we think when it comes to sheer talent but, in terms of attitude, we are a million miles away.”