Lansbury to follow Wilshere
Henri Lansbury has admitted his desire to follow in Jack Wilshere's footsteps.
By Debbie Kaplan
Last Updated: 04/06/11 4:54pm
Henri Lansbury has admitted his desire to follow in Jack Wilshere's footsteps and break into the Arsenal side and England senior team.
Lansbury, whose recent six-month spell at Norwich helped secure promotion for the side, came through the Gunners' youth system with fellow midfielder Wilshere.
And Lansbury is hoping his stint with the Canaries will follow the same pattern as the Arsenal youngster, whose big break for Arsene Wenger's side came after a season spent on loan at Bolton.
The 20-year-old, who will travel with England to Denmark for this month's European Under 21 Championship, knows the tournament is a huge platform to impress Wenger further.
Lansbury said: "I think Arsenal's the goal now. I have to go back and give it a go from there. It's a chance for me to show the boss that I'm capable of a first-team place and it's up to me to do it."
While inspired by Wilshere's performance in the Arsenal team, Lansbury is equally impressed with his place in the senior England squad.
Lansbury said: "Jack's taken his chance and he's done well. He's a great player and I think it's a great bunch of lads here that can do the same thing.
But despite Wilshere's omission from the squad swayed by fears of burnout by Wenger - as well as Andy Carroll and Micah Richards ruled out through injury - Lansbury remains focused on the part the rest of the team must play.
"Obviously, they're great players. We've just got to focus on ourselves, really, and obviously go into the tournament strongly. We've got a great bunch of lads and we push on ourselves," continued Lansbury.
"We've got a great chance and a great team spirit, talented players in the team and hopefully we can push on from there."
And although remaining adamant in emerging for club and country as Wilshere has, Lansbury is extremely grateful for the opportunity he was given while at Norwich.
Lansbury added: "It's always great to be promoted into the Premier League. Paul Lambert gave me my chance to do that and I thank him a lot.
"It was great, obviously, getting first-team experience again and playing week-in, week-out was great. Promotion's massive and to get that at 20 years of age was great."