Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere came through 66 minutes unscathed as England beat Turkey on Sunday evening.
Though he only managed to start one Premier League game all season, Wilshere is considered an integral part of Roy Hodgson’s setup and was in the England team for the first time in a year.
After playing as the deepest England midfielder in much of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, Wilshere was stationed alongside Dele Alli as a central midfielder in a 4-1-4-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
It didn’t really suit the Arsenal man, who struggled to get on the ball as often as Hodgson would like.
When Wilshere did receive possession, he was often already facing up defenders, rather than having the space to judge the situation and look for gaps to burst through.
If Hodgson wants to get more out of Wilshere this summer, he will have to reconsider his use of the midfielder ahead of England’s opening game against Russia. For now he seems keen to use Eric Dier in the deepest midfield role, but that may change when Wayne Rooney returns and Jordan Henderson proves his fitness.
Henderson did that in part by replacing Wilshere with just over 20 minutes remaining and England level.
Jami Vardy tapped in the winner and England’s first pre-tournament friendly ended with a win and Wilshere fully fit. Good start!