Cap's great expectations of Jack

BY foxsports • February 8, 2011

The 19-year-old will be handed the influential midfield holding role when England tackle Denmark in Copenhagen. It is the start of what Capello expects to be a lengthy run in the Three Lions line-up for Wilshere, who has long been viewed as a prospect of huge potential and whom the England boss has noted rapid strides from this season. "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. "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." How long Wilshere is on the field for is a matter of debate. With a Champions League fixture with Barcelona looming next Wednesday, it was also suggested Wenger might have requested his players are amongst the six substitutes Capello has vowed to make. However, the England boss insists no deals have been done, even though he is acutely aware of how problematic these February friendlies can be. "I respect the club managers and I want to try and help them," said Capello. "I remember this period a lot. A lot of these players have played some hard matches over the last three weeks so I will use six substitutions. "But I didn't decide the date of the games and there have been no promises." Capello has confirmed Joe Hart will return in goal, whilst Darren Bent's recent evolution into the more all-round striker Capello needs will be rewarded by a fourth international start and his first since being omitted from Capello's World Cup squad. Lampard will captain his country from the start of a game for the first time, with Capello claiming the 32-year-old's injury problems over the first few months of the campaign, far from placing a question mark over his presence tomorrow night, actually make him one of England's fresher squad members. "I have spoken to him about his injuries," said Capello. "I monitored him over the last five games and he has improved a lot. "I followed him particularly during the Liverpool game on Sunday. He is in a good form and is probably fresher than the other players." There will also be a record 87th appearance for Ashley Cole, allowing the 30-year-old to overtake Kenny Sansom as England's most-capped full-back. It is a fitting way to end a week that also saw Cole crowned England's player of the year for 2010, a remarkable transformation for someone whose public popularity level has rarely been high. "I am really happy with Ashley Cole's performance level and really happy that the fans decided he was England's best player last year," said Capello. "I remember the boos he had to endure, both when he played at Wembley and when he played away from home so I am really happy for him. "He is a really professional player, in games and in training. He is a really important player for us, one of our most important players."

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