Jack Wilshere thrilled to help England to 2014 World Cup
Jack Wilshere says helping England to the 2014 World Cup represents the 'biggest achievement' in his career to date.
Last Updated: 16/10/13 4:06pm
On the back of a nightmare run of injuries, Wilshere has made a timely return to the international scene in 2013.
The Arsenal midfielder is, at 21 years of age, one for the present and future, with it important for England to build around their young stars.
Wilshere will have a prominent role to play in the years to come, but for now he is able to take aim at a first appearance at football's showpiece event.
Maintaining standards at club level, and steering clear of the treatment table, will be key, but for now, Wilshere will allow himself to wallow in the euphoria which has greeted another successful qualification campaign - which saw England make it to Brazil with an unbeaten record in Group H.
Following a 2-0 victory over Poland on Tuesday which confirmed England's automatic passage to the finals, Wilshere told Sky Sports News: "It's amazing. I would probably say it's the biggest achievement in my career to date. It's a good feeling, I don't think it's kicked in yet.
"The boys are buzzing. When we wake up tomorrow and think we qualified top of the group, unbeaten, it's a great achievement and we should be proud of ourselves."
While Wilshere is looking forward to his first World Cup experience, Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is hoping to take in his third - having been involved in 2006 and 2010 under Sven-Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello respectively.
On putting himself in contention for another shot at global glory, Carrick told Sky Sports: "It's very satisfying, but in some ways it's what we set out to achieve, it's what we expected of ourselves at the start of the campaign.
"We're not getting too carried away, it's the first part done - a big part done. We have got time now to hopefully improve, get even better and look forward to next summer.
"It has got a special ring to it (a World Cup in Brazil). Going out there in the summer, we sampled what it will be like and we're desperate to get back now we have got the opportunity.
"It's about playing well to get on that plane."