Noel Gallagher has slammed Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere’s off-field activities, claiming he will never be able to emulate the levels reached by current world-class midfielders if he carries on misbehaving.
Wilshere has been caught smoking twice during his career - the latest incident occurring in February whilst out injured – and has been criticised by Gunners manager Arsene Wenger.
The England star has long been tipped as the most natural successor to Paul Gascoigne, but Gallagher insists the 23-year-old’s indiscretions will damage his development.
“You think of the great midfielders in the game now, like [David] Silva andthe Barcelona players – they’re athletes. They don’t smoke and drink,” Gallagher told the Sports Bar.
“This lad has been caught twice. That’s what sets him apart and what links him to Gazza.
“That catches up with you in the end. If you are smoking and drinking you are not an athlete.”
Wilshere bounced back from an injury-plagued season with Arsenal to score two stunning goals for England against Slovenia, and Gallagher has urged him to address his attitude to help fulfil his potential.
“The great players in the league dedicate themselves to be the best, and smoking and drinking isn’t going to cut it,” he added.
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