Latest World Cup opinions in the news today from former England left-back, Stuart Pearce, best known by his endearing nick-name; Psycho (see video below and you’ll understand why).
For this incident and many more, Psycho has always been a player that England fans can identify with, though his time in management has turned the tide against him as far as opinions are concerned.
Still, as a former England assistant manager what he says about England has weight, and that’s why his comments today are a blessing in disguise for Arsenal fans.
Speaking to TalkSport, Pearce insisted that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will ‘not kick a ball’ for England at the World Cup. Pearce believes the 22-year-old is out of form and lacking in confidence, leading him to be overlooked, with Hodgson’s favor lying more in new-boys Barkley and Lallana or veteran Frank Lampard. England are already far back in the list of challengers for the 2014 World Cup, but given the disappointment of four years ago, tried and tested is surely not the way to go?
Wilshere’s injury-interrupted season led to fears that a World Cup campaign may result in an additional setback for the young Englishman, but Pearce confirms what Arsenal fans have been hoping for, The Arsenal midfielder had become a very hot property and was well on his way to cementing a place in the Three Lions team for the World Cup, but he suffered a hairline fracture in his foot whilst playing for England against Denmark, after a challenge by Liverpool’s Daniel Agger.
Wilshere was laid up for almost the remainder of the season, leaving him very short of playing time directly ahead of England’s travels to the Americas. He featured in the friendly against Honduras but failed to have any impact on the game. His performance was dwarfed by the way Everton’s Barkley played in the World Cup warm-up games, leading Pearce to hypothesize the youngster will fail to find a way into Hodgson’s plans.
Pearce also speculated that Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling will not feature in Brazil, along with both back-up keepers.
“I think there are five players that will not kick a ball at the World Cup. Forster and Foster are the obvious ones and I think Shaw, Smalling and Wilshere will be the others.
“I think he [Wilshere] is very, very short of form. Watching the last game [against Honduras] I didn’t see a Wilshere that sprung on the scene many months ago.
“I just think he is very, very short of confidence and I see Lampard, Lallana or Barkley ahead of him now.
“I just feel his lack of form really [will cost him] and that will be on Roy’s mind. He had a very disappointing last game and he has not shown me the fully fit Wilshere we saw when he came on the scene.”