Fabio Capello believes Jack Wilshere represents the very best of England's new breed.
The 19-year-old will be handed the influential midfield holding role when England tackle Denmark in Copenhagen on Wednesday.
"Jack Wilshere represents the very best of the young players," said Capello. "I saw five or six games at the start of the season and he played well. But he was not as good as he is now."
He added: "After a lot of games with a really important team like Arsenal he has improved a lot. He has played with a lot of confidence.
"And, players like Cesc Fabregas pass the ball to him all the time because their confidence in him was really clear as well.
"Some players I monitored during this period, who are with the Under-21s, are good but they not ready to play with us. Wilshere will be a really important player."
Still, the job he will be asked to complete at the Parken Stadium, allowing stand-in skipper Frank Lampard to make the most of his attacking attributes, whilst not completely alien, is hardly familiar either.
However, Arsene Wenger has assured Capello his young star is up to the task.
"I spoke with Arsene about it and he told me Jack can do it," revealed Capello.
"He is good when the team goes forward and stays in front of the back four. I hope tomorrow he will stay in front of the back four like a centre-back."