Jack Wilshere Encourages England to Play Dirty Against Germany

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Jack Wilshere Encourages England to Play Dirty Against Germany
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Conceding that his team weren't up to last week's Chilean challenge on the technical side of things, Jack Wilshere has highlighted England's lack of physical edge as another reason behind their 2-0 loss.

Speaking after the defeat, per the Mirror's John Cross, the Arsenal midfielder was humble in praising the South Americans for their work off the ball and hinted that Roy Hodgson's men could do with adopting a similar tactic:

I got a dead calf. Against South American opposition, you expect little fouls like that and I’ll be OK. South American teams like to make little fouls and break the game up which is frustrating but we could learn a bit from them sometimes.

Maybe if we could pick that up from their character, a little foul here and there like they did doesn’t hurt. Once they do little fouls, it slows play down and you have to stop, build up and it makes it difficult.

Wilshere was the victim of a cynical challenge from Jean Beausejour during the first half of Friday's defeat, the Arsenal man hacked down to stop a dangerous England attack. It is that type of street-smart that he wants to see from the Three Lions.

One thing for certain is that England will need all the help they can get in order to overcome Germany, one of the nations being tipped to succeed at next summer's World Cup.

That being said, Die Mannschaft haven't recorded back-to-back wins over England since the mid '90s, alternating blows in their six meetings since 1996, according to FIFA.com.

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Hodgson's side looked tame at times against last week's South American opposition, but face another enemy entirely on Tuesday, Germany having qualified from UEFA Group C in dominant manner.

Joachim Low's side earned 28 points altogether, equal with Louis van Gaal's Netherlands outfit as the highest points tally in UEFA qualification.

The last occasion Germany met England was the 2010 World Cup Round of 16 encounter, when Fabio Capello and his men were firmly beaten 4-1.

Therefore, Wembley's hosts will be hoping for a change of outcome under Hodgson, with Wilshere hoping he can have some impact in what will be his first outing against a German side.

It's refreshing to hear the 21-year-old be so earnest on what it is England will need to do to come out on top this week, showing clear acknowledgement that they are, at times, naive compared to their international rivals.

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England will not be the most technically gifted team at the World Cup—Chile proved that and Germany will likely highlight it further. Therefore, Hodgson's men need to find their own way to win, and breaking up play is undoubtedly a tactic that can level the playing field.

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