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Jack Rodwell has a bright international future ahead of him, says Everton FC manager David Moyes
Published : 22 Nov 2010 07:45:00
Jack Rodwell 300 JACK RODWELL goes back to where it all began tonight with manager David Moyes tipping an international future for Everton's bright young midfielder. Rodwell made his Premier League debut at Sunderland's Stadium of Light in March 2008, three months after he became the Blues youngest ever European debutant. And he could line up against Englands latest midfield debutant, Jordan Henderson tonight. Moyes believes that only injury has prevented Rodwell joining the Sunderland youngster in Fabio Capellos full England side. Jack will go on and play for England, he declared. But thats opinion. It might not be right at the end of the day, but my opinion is that he will go on and play for England. We will have to see. We will keep developing him and bringing him along, but he has been injured recently and thats been the part thats hard for him or he may well have been selected for England by now. Rodwell injured his ankle against Aston Villa in August and spent eight weeks on the sidelines. During his absence Henderson made the step up from under-21s to the senior set-up ahead of schedule, but the Blues boss believes that Rodwells absence during the disappointing defeat by France last week may not have been such a blow. I heard it said Jordan Henderson needed a chance to use his youthful energy (against France) rather than pinning him down to something he is maybe not ready to do, said Moyes. I am not sure that what Jordan Henderson was asked to do is what Jordan Henderson is. Maybe you put Jack Rodwell in, but if you are not going to play him where he is at his age right now whats the point? He may develop into something else in two or three years time, but if you ask Jack to go in now and be a defensive midfield player for England I would say it wont be the biggest thing for him. Rodwell is likely to be the on the substitutes bench this evening, with John Heitinga continuing as the holding central midfield presence in Marouane Fellainis absence.