Jack Wilshere believes in God and his faith has even helped him when he has been battling against injuries, he revealed in an exclusive video for Footballers Lives.
And the Arsenal midfielder, on loan at Bournemouth, made a plea for tolerance towards those with different beliefs.
“I’m a Christian but not one who goes to church every Sunday or who prays all the time,” said Wilshere. “Of course I believe in God and stuff but I’m not that religious.
“I was Christened as a kid and I’ve had my kids christened so I always think it’s nice to have that.
“Sometimes, you know what it’s like, you’re sat there thinking about everything, and everything runs through your head and you think: ‘Oh I wonder if there is a God.’
“And I think there is. I do believe in that side of Christianity. There are players in the team who are really religious and everyone has their different views. You’ve got to respect that.”
“I think it has helped me through injuries a little bit. One thing that keeps me going through injuries is getting that feeling of running back on the pitch.
“Them long dark days in the gym, getting in at eight, getting home at five, when you’re watching the boys come in at 10, training and getting off.
“It’s hard but what keeps me going is knowing the fact that I will be back on the pitch and if I do this work to the best of my ability, I’ll probably be back on the pitch quicker.”