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Wilshere eyes England captaincy

Jack Wilshere has set himself a target of leading Arsenal and England in the future.

Wilshere, 21, is set to miss upcoming international friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil due to an ongoing ankle injury.

However, the midfielder remains eager to develop his all-round contribution to the cause as the 2014 World Cup looms.

He told The Sun: "I want to captain Arsenal and I want to captain England. That definitely appeals to me. It's my ultimate dream. People say players are no longer bothered about wearing the England shirt.

"But for me it's the pinnacle of my job because club rivalries go out of the window and the entire nation comes together behind you - it's the best feeling."

Wilshere, who had screws inserted in his ankle in 2011 to aid his recovery from a stress fracture, expects to return to the international stage for the friendly against Scotland this August.

"I don't want to miss England games - that's the pinnacle in any player's career so you want to be involved in every game you can,'' Wilshere said in an interview with Sky Sports.

"If we can get there (to the World Cup) it would have been nice to go out there (to Brazil) and see what it's like and get used to it a bit; get used to the weather and the locals and see what it's like. There is also the Ireland game, which is a big game too. It's going to be a good atmosphere at Wembley and it would have been nice to have been there.

"But we have got a friendly against Scotland as well (in August) and that will be a big one. It is an important year for qualifiers next season, so hopefully I can get myself fit and get involved in that.''

Wilshere sees no reason why England should not be back in Brazil next summer, currently second in Group H behind Montenegro, whom they face at Wembley on October 11.

"We have got ourselves in a good position, and have to think positively,'' the midfielder added. "If we win all our home qualifiers we can get to the World Cup and it will be a successful year for England.''

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.


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