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Feb, 7, 2013

Wilshere prefers England under Hodgson

Jack Wilshere believes there is a far more relaxed atmosphere around the England camp now than there ever was under former manager Fabio Capello.

Wilshere, who was handed his debut by Capello in August 2010, made his first appearance for the Three Lions in 20 months in the 2-1 win over Brazil on Wednesday.

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After spending so long on the sidelines due to injury, the Arsenal man, 21, has noticed a big change now that he is back in the fold under Capello's successor Roy Hodgson.

"It's totally different from before," he said. "For one, the manager has changed and all the staff have changed, too, so it's a totally different atmosphere. It's a nice atmosphere. There are more English people around and we get on really well and are more relaxed.

"We have some good young players now and some with experience, so it's important we have got a good blend and it worked well (against Brazil).''

Wilshere produced a man-of-match display in the victory on Wednesday, but the midfielder insists the best is still to come.

"I am never happy with where I am,'' he said. "I feel my form is getting better and better. I always try to improve and work hard in training. I always want to keep my performances up for my club and then whenever I get called up for England.

"It was a great night personally and for the team as well. The main thing was the team. We had to work hard together and this win was good for our confidence.''

Wilshere enjoyed lining up in midfield alongside captain Steven Gerrard, although he is well aware that he faces a tough task to keep hold of his starting berth in the team.

"It was great (to play alongside Gerrard),'' Wilshere said. "He is our leader, everyone can see that. He was talking to me throughout the game.

"There is a big talent pool there in the midfield. There was a lot of talent on the bench and we also have Michael Carrick (who missed the game through injury). There is a good mix there. We have youth and experience and that will only be good for us.''

Information from the Press Association was used in this report

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