Everton star Jack Rodwell dreams of England call-up

12 August 2010 09:18
Jack Rodwell has been inspired by the promotion of Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs to the senior England squad and wants to emulate the Arsenal duo.

Wilshere and Gibbs both featured as substitutes for Fabio Capello's side in Wednesday night's friendly international with Hungary at Wembley.

Everton midfielder Rodwell turned in a man-of-the-match performance for England Under-21s against Uzbekistan at Ashton Gate on Tuesday, when he was made captain by coach Stuart Pearce.

Jack the lad: Everton midfielder Rodwell wants to become central in England's plans over the coming years

Capello witnessed the display of the 19-year-old, who now has his sights set on progressing further up the international ladder.

'There is a new sense of opportunity amongst the players at this level,' said Rodwell.

'I think there is a lot of opportunity for young English talent to break through.

'A few people have broken into the into full squad like James Milner, Joe Hart, Adam Johnson and now Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs.

'Those of us now playing in the under-21s look at that and we are inspired by that and we all want to do that.

The graduates: Rodwell is inspired by Wilshere and Gibbs' rise to the senior ranks

Rodwell is one of the few members of Pearce's side to play first-team Premier League football and believes he is reaping the benefits.

He said: 'It makes a massive difference to be playing first-team football, if I'm honest, in terms of progressing quickly.

'To get Premier League experience at such a young age has made my game improve leaps and bounds over the last couple of years.

'Hopefully this season I can get a few more games.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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