England coach Roy Hodgson has lavished praise on Jack Wilshere, after his man-of-the-match display against Brazil last night.
Before the friendly at Wembley, Three Lions skipper Steven Gerrard suggested Wilshere had what it takes to be amongst the best in the world, but that he need to prove it on the biggest stages.
And while Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard may have scored the goals that gave England just the fourth victory over the Selecao, it was young Gunner Wilshere who stole the show.
Wilshere’s display in central midfield was accomplished, professional and sparkling.
In his first start for the Lions in two years, he played as if he had never left, and was a thorn in Brazil’s side throughout.
Hodgson could not help but be impressed by 21-year-old Wilshere, who looked every part the future England captain.
"If he can keep up that level of performance he will soon justify all the expectations and hopes because he was very, very good," said Hodgson of Wilshere.
"As was Theo Walcott, he terrorised the left side of their defence, was involved in the first goal and there were so many other occasions when he was within a hair's breadth of scoring or creating a chance.”
An England win over Brazil is rare, and for them to come away with two goals to the good is even rarer.
And so Hodgson was understandably chuffed by his team’s efforts in front of a packed and appreciative Wembley.
"It's my first crack at Brazil as a manager and I'm delighted to have been able to oversee a victory,” he said.
"It was an all-round performance from the team, there were some very, very good moments and I thought we were good value for two goals to one."