Arsenal youngster Jack Wilshere could go to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, according to England coach Fabio Capello.

The Italian saw the 17-year-old, who has only made one substitute appearance in the Premier League, star in the pre-season Emirates Cup, scoring twice in the Gunners' 3-0 win over Rangers in the final.

He surprised me. Really. He plays without fear, with confidence. This is not normal to be so young and so good.

England coach Fabio Capello on Arsenal 17-year-old Jack Wilshere

"He surprised me. Really," enthused Capello. "I saw him last year two times because he played in the Carling Cup and he has improved a lot now.

"He plays without fear, with confidence. And the other players passed the ball always to him. This is not normal to be so young and so good."

Sven-Goran Eriksson took another Arsenal youngster, Theo Walcott, to Germany 2006 before he had played in the Premier League, but Capello stressed Wilshere must break into Arsene Wenger's first team if he is to earn a place in his squad.

"We have time before we have to decide if he will go to South Africa. It depends a lot on Arsene Wenger, if he will play him."