Young and Wilshere impress Rooney

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Wayne Rooney believes England now have strength in depth after witnessing the likes of Jack Wilshere and Ashley Young grab their chance with both hands against Denmark.

Wilshere impressed in his first start for his country during the opening 45 minutes and Young scored his first international goal after coming on for the second half to replace Rooney in the second striker role behind Aston Villa team-mate Darren Bent.

Rooney said: "I thought Jack Wilshere did really well. He is really composed on the ball and really good to play with. You can see the potential he has got. With Ashley, he has been playing behind the main forward for Villa this season. You could see he has benefited from that with the way he did against Denmark. He got his goal and he's always a threat."

He added: "The manager is trying to give players a chance and they are starting to take those chances. The whole game was a valuable experience but especially for those lads who haven't got that many games under their belts.

"It will be a good experience for them for the games ahead like the Wales match next month. We are looking to that game now and hopefully we can get the three points there."

Frank Lampard, who skippered England for the first time, echoed the sentiments of Rooney.

He said: "We are happy to get the winning habit. It had been a long time that we have been apart (between games). With a slightly different team, I think we have got a good momentum now and had that in the game.

"It's not always easy when you are bringing on a lot of players but the players that have come in did very well.

"We have learned that Wilshere can come in and continue showing the composure he plays with for Arsenal. Credit to him on his full debut because it isn't easy, but he is only going to get better and better now.

"Darren Bent came in and scores early on, Ashley Young comes on for the second half and scores. It was very good to see that contribution from the players coming in.

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