Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere predicts bright future for England

Jack Wilshere has plenty of years ahead of him as an England player. Photo: PA

Jack Wilshere insists the future is bright for English football.

The debate about the paucity of young English players making the grade at the top level has intensified in recent weeks.

England boss Roy Hodgson has claimed he has only a pool of around 30 or 40 international-class players to choose from and only a fraction of the record £630million that was spent by Barclays Premier League clubs during the summer transfer went on British players.

The days of the 'golden generation' are long gone, and even though he is 21-years-old, Wilshere is often seen as the only player of the current crop capable of becoming a genuine world-class player.

He denies that is the case, however.

"There is a lot of pressure, but I think it's not just me - there are a lot of other players such as Tom Cleverley and Jack Rodwell who are all gifted players who bring hope to England in the future," the Arsenal midfielder told Zapsportz.com.

Although injuries have disrupted his international career, Wilshere has excelled whenever called upon by England.

It did not take long for him to be labelled the next Paul Gascoigne, but he has no problems dealing with the pressure that comes with such a tag.

"Although it's a lot of pressure, I think that's part of playing football and being part of the England team and people expect you to deliver," he said.

"You have to live with the pressure and the criticism if you don't deliver."