Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes Arsenal youngster Jack Wilshere can become England's answer to Andrea Pirlo.

The 33-year old midfielder controlled proceedings for Italy as they eventually won last night's Euro2012 quarter-final over the English on penalties and according to Redknapp, Wilshere can become that type of player for the Three Lions when he returns from injury.

"The difference in the two teams shows that if you are going to compete on the world stage you have to be able to keep the ball," he told The Sun.

"Look at Pirlo against England - he had no pace, strength and he's ancient. But what a fabulous display. We must learn a lesson from this and do our utmost to produce an Pirlo of our own.

"He's the type of player I'm talking about who doesn't rely on strength or speed - he's a genuine footballer.

"It was the absence of Jack Wilshere which was felt most keenly. He can be our Pirlo. The only other midfielder we had in reserve was young Jordan Henderson.

"England struggled with that. But it is something Roy will definitely work on. He knows that it's all about the future now and moulding the team his way rather than getting one together that is difficult to beat."

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