Fabio Capello has said that Jack Wilshere can end England's search for a holding midfield player and plans to hand the Arsenal youngster a starting role in next month's friendly against Denmark.
Capello told the Daily Telegraph that he is likely to deploy the talented 19-year-old in front of England's defence in the 9 February match in Copenhagen, allowing Steven Gerrard the freedom to push forward. The Italian believes Wilshere has the potential to develop into an English Claude Makelele, the former Real Madrid and Chelsea midfielder.
"Wilshere is better technically than Makelele. He's slower than Makelele but when he receives the ball he is more dangerous than Makelele," Capello said. "Wilshere is the best young player. He now plays all the time with Arsenal.
"If you play with Arsenal, you are a really good player because Arsene Wenger likes good players. I think he's mature enough to play this role. He's a really interesting player."
Capello also told the Telegraph that he now regretted omitting Wilshere's Arsenal team-mate Theo Walcott from his 2010 FIFA World Cup™ squad. "He is playing how I remember when he started to play with us. It was a tough decision leaving Theo out for the World Cup," Capello said. He is one of the players after the World Cup I thought about a lot. I made a mistake not selecting him."