Jack Wilshere has found a knack for stunners
Following up from his stunning half-volley goal against West Bromwich Albion in Arsenal’s last game of the season, Jack added to his recent goal scoring form with two sublime and crucial goals for England last night to help the Three Lions secure an unbeaten season of International football. Wilshere found the net for the first time in an England shirt on Sunday after 28 appearances as he levelled the tie with a 57th minute rocket before doubling his tally with a sublime finish to put England back in control of the tie. After missing a massive part of the past two seasons with injuries, Jack seems back and hungry for goals for both club and country. Hopefully this becomes a regular addition to Wilshere’s game.
Wayne Rooney strikes when it really matters
There was much said about Wayne Rooney before Sunday’s game, considering his proximity to the top of the all-time England goal-scorers list. Rooney came into the tie two goals off of the heights of Sir Bobby Charlton who holds the record with 49 goals and was expected to gain ground on this record against Slovenia. Rooney squandered a myriad of chances on the night and was at a point looking set to end the tie barren. After torrid defensive mistakes allowed England to find themselves in a real fight, it was down to the captain to rescue the side, which he did with a fantastic 86th minute winner, moving him level with Gary Lineker and only one goal behind Sir Bobby.
This England team is genuinely impressive
Despite what can and can’t be said about this England side, whether as a unit or even individual players, their current standing at the top of their qualification group, unbeaten and on-form tells the story of a well-balanced side who can head into next summer’s huge EURO 2106 competition in France with high confidence and big expectations. Although there have been a few forgettable ties within England’s impressive, unbeaten run, wins like Sundays which saw the side come from behind twice to earn a valuable three points put the nation in a strong position as we approach the next major international tournament.
England aren’t always boring
After England’s dreary 0-0 draw with the Republic Of Ireland 8 days ago, one thing was certainly necessary for us to re-gain the momentum needed to truly head into next summer with high expectations, an entertaining game. A 3-2 score-line, two stunning strikes from Jack Wilshere, a crucial and potentially legend making late strike from Wayne Rooney as well as some questionable defensive work from the England back-four made for a thrilling game that captured us all and made us, more than anything, miss football. Without another England qualifier until September, this was the ideal way to sign off England’s fantastic season.
Sterling showed what he can actually do
Raheem Sterling has been the subject of much media and fan scrutiny n the past six months, since he essentially announced his desire to eave Liverpool. Following a Premier League campaign in which Raheem didn’t really shine and was more spoken about off the pitch than on it, it was imperative that the young man show just what all the fuss is about in his last game before his future is decided. A constant attacking threat and brilliant outlet, Sterling showed what Liverpool fans love about him and why there will be so many clubs across Europe desperate to secure his services this summer, if he does in-fact part ways with the Merseyside club.