File photo of Jack Wilshere playing for Arsenal.© AFP
Former Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere Retired at just 30 years old. Wilshere became Arsenal’s youngest league debutant when he performed at the age of 16 and 256 in 2008 after graduating from the club’s youth academy. Widely predicted to emerge as a key figure for both Arsenal and England, Wilshere made a bright start to his career. But their growth was hampered by injuries and concerns about their off-field lifestyle.
Wilshere made his England debut in 2010, winning 34 caps and featuring in the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016.
Although Wilshere won the FA Cup with Arsenal in 2014 and 2015, he never fulfilled his potential in 197 matches for the Gunners.
He spent a season on loan at Bournemouth and made a permanent switch to West Ham in 2018.
Wilshere returned to Bournemouth on a short-term contract in January 2021 and also performed at the Danish Super League club AGF before deciding to hang his shoes on Friday.
“It has been an incredible journey full of many incredible moments and I am proud to experience what I have done throughout my career,” Wilshire wrote on Twitter.
“From a kid kicking a ball in the garden to captaining his beloved Arsenal and playing for his country at the World Cup. I have lived my dream.
“It’s really hard to accept that my career is slipping out of control these days when I think I still have a lot to give.
“After having the time to think and talk with the people closest to me, I know this is the right time and despite the difficult moments, I look back on my career with great pride that I have achieved.”
Wilshere paid tribute to former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and his staff for giving them a chance in the Premier League.
“Words will never do justice to the love and gratitude I have for Boss, Arsene, Pete Rice and Boro Primorrick,” Wilshere said.
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