‘Amazing’ Wilshere is my favourite England player – Xavi

The Barcelona ace hails the Arsenal midfielder’s talents, along with a host of other Englishmen, while he insists that he has no regrets about never playing in the Premier League

Barcelona star Xavi has hailed the talents of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, dubbing him one of England’s best current players – though he admits that there is plenty of top talent from which to choose.

Wilshere, often likened to the Catalan pass maestro, has shaken off his infamous injury problems to impress in his 19 appearances for club and country this season.

The 22-year-old has earned Xavi’s acclaim for his skill, while the veteran Spain international also praised some of the Three Lions’ more established stars.

When asked who his favourite current English player is, Xavi told the BBC: “It’s difficult. There is a lot of talent out there and I think Jack Wilshere is an amazing player, very good.

“Raheem Sterling has a great future ahead of him. Then there’s the older guys such as Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and John Terry. They’re part of English history, winning every single title.”

The 34-year-old is a huge fan of the Premier League but does not regret never having played in England and is proud to be a one-club man – much like a certain Matt Le Tissier.

“The Premier League is a very attractive,” he continued. “Liverpool, for example, is a team that has something special – the stadium, the fans, everything.

“But I always prioritise Barcelona – it’s my life, it’s my world. I am lucky and wouldn’t change it for anything.

“Matt Le Tissier never left Southampton so I think it was a good thing for him, however nowadays there are few cases of this but I have had the luck of being with Barcelona for so many years.”

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