Last Updated: Sun, 03 Mar 2013 11:37
Arsenal star Jack Wilshere is a 'special' player who will win 100 England caps, according to Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners' boss has spoken out about the 21-year-old midfielder, who returned to action in October following more than a year out because of injury.
And, with all the praise being lavished on Tottenham's Gareth Bale ahead of Sunday's north London derby at White Hart Lane, Wenger stopped short of comparing Wilshere with the Welsh starlet, but insisted that he is a fantastic talent who will be a big player for his country in the coming years.
"Bale is the flavour of the moment. When you look at Wilshere, who will deny that this guy will get 100 caps for England? Nobody, if he has no injury," said Wenger.
"My worry is not to compare Wilshere with anyone else. My only worry when you are a footballer player of that talent is to become as good as you can become.
"That is the only thing that is of interest to me. I leave the comparisons to other people. My job is to get the best out of him."
Indeed Wenger feels Wilshere does not get the credit he deserves for the way he has burst onto the scene at the Emirates Stadium at such a young age.
He added: "You tend to forget how old he is when you see him play. You never come out of a game and think 'this guy is 21 years old'. He's at a stage where the others have not started," said Wenger.
"You think of Jack (as) an established player in the Premier League and at international level, that is still something special."
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