Wilshere: Attacking role would suit me better for England

The Arsenal midfielder impressed against Manchester City in an advanced position and wants to have a bigger impact for the Three Lions further up the pitch

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere admits that he would prefer to play in a more attacking role for England after shining against Manchester City.

The 22-year-old scored a fine goal to put the Gunners 2-1 at the Emirates on Sunday before Martin Demichelis secured a point for the Premier League champions in a hard-fought draw.

Despite playing in a deeper holding role for the Three Lions, Wilshere believes he could thrive in an advanced position at international level should Roy Hodgson give him the opportunity.

“Naturally, I want to go forward more,” the 22-year-old told the Daily Mirror.

“You saw with England that ­sometimes I lost a bit of concentration when I do go forward. But in our formation it’s nice to play forward and in the England one it’s different. I’m happy to play either.

“In the formation we play, I should be scoring more goals. We play with one holding and two going forward and I’m one who gets forward. Hopefully that will be one of many.”

Wilshere helped Arsenal battle back from a goal down against City to almost snatch three points, and while the midfielder admits Arsenal could have been “smarter” in the lead, he believes the club have turned a corner in terms of their desire to win.

“Towards the end of last season when it looked like we wouldn’t get into the top four, we did. We said, ‘Listen, this isn’t good enough,'” he said.

“Since the last seven or eight games of last season until now, we’ve had a fantastic attitude. Everyone in training is buying into the defensive side of the game and we want to improve that, winning the ball back high up. Once we do that, our quality is going to change.

“When we were 2-1 up we should have won it and maybe been smarter. But at the same time we showed great character to come back.”

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