Teenager Jack Wilshere has insisted he won't get carried away after receiving a first England call-up for Wednesday's friendly against Hungary. The attacking midfielder, as well as Arsenal team-mate Kieran Gibbs, has been summoned by Fabio Capello, who is desperate to blood new talent and draw a line under the summer's forgettable FIFA World Cup™ campaign.
Wilshere will become the tenth-youngest senior England international in history if he makes his bow at Wembley in a key warm-up for the UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers, which start next month.
"I am delighted to have been named in the England squad for the first time," the 18-year-old told his club's official website. "It is a real honour and I'm looking forward to the experience. But I am also realistic and want to take things one step at a time.
"Being called up to the England squad is a proud moment for me and my family, but my first target is to break into the Arsenal team and play on a regular basis. To achieve that, I need to keep my head down, work hard and stay focused."
Gibbs, who was on target in Arsenal's 6-5 friendly win at Legia Warsaw, said he was honoured to be called into a Three Lions party that also includes another Gunners youngster in Theo Walcott.
"It's a welcome surprise to have been called up by Fabio Capello to the England squad for the first time," said the 20-year-old left-back. "It is always an honour to play for my country at any level, but it is a special moment to be called up to the first-team squad.
"To reach my full potential, it's important that I keep on improving all aspects of my game, and this call-up will certainly be a great learning experience for me. I just want to make the most of every opportunity I am given to better my game.
"I have to say this a real boost for me as I spent over five months out through injury, and this is a good opportunity to thank the surgeons and medical support I've received to get me back to full fitness.
"Naturally my top priority at this moment in time is to get back to the level I was at before my injury and get some games under my belt with Arsenal, but of course I would love to cement a place in the England team in the future."