England Fabio Capello says Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has the potential to be a future England captain.
The 19-year-old stared for the Gunners in their recent Champions League tie with Barcelona, just a month after making his full-international debut in England's friendly with Denmark.
Despite his inexperience at the top level, Capello is impressed with Wilshere's confidence in high-pressure situations.
"In this last seven months, he improved a lot," Capello said.
"Following the Denmark game, some people were surprised when I said I was really happy with his performance.
"But he played with confidence and without fear. He tried to do the same things he usually does when he plays for Arsenal and everyone can understand his value after the games against Barcelona.
"Against the most difficult team, one of the best teams of all, he played the same game, with the same confidence that he did in the first leg in London. Then Arsenal won. The second time it was more difficult.
"For personality and confidence on the pitch, he is the best young midfielder I have seen for his age.
"He will be England captain one day. He needs more caps but he is a real leader."
Wilshere has been left out of the England under-21 squad for the matches against Denmark and Iceland later this month meaning the former Bolton Wanderers loanee is certain to be involved in Capello's squad for the European Championship qualifier against Wales and the friendly with Ghana.
He could even make his second start at the Millennium Stadium, with Steven Gerrard definitely out of the tie and James Milner struggling with a hamstring injury.
Capello's revelations come in the midst of a captaincy crisis in the England camp with the Italian ready to reinstate John Terry as skipper a year on after stripping him of the armband and handing it to Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.
Ferdinand is now expected to be relinquished of the responsibility after figuring in just six England matches in the past two and a half years and in just one of England's three Euro 2012 qualifiers.