Rodwell hoping for England bow


Everton midfielder hopes Fabio Capello will provide him with an opportunity to showcase his credentials against Spain on Saturday.

The European and World champions travel to Wembley this weekend for a friendly, and will provide the sternest of examinations for the England.

It will certainly be a baptism of fire for Rodwell, who is part of Capello's squad for the first time, having made the transition from the under-21s.

But the 20-year-old Toffee is not daunted in the slightest, and sees facing Spain as an ideal opportunity for him to prove his worth on the international stage.

“Spain at Wembley is a brilliant game,” he said. “You could not have scripted it any better. Hopefully I will get on the pitch, but if not then it will just be a great experience to be there.


“Hopefully, fingers crossed, I will get that first cap in one of the two games, but first of all I have to impress in training. I am hopeful, but if I don’t get on the pitch then it is all great experience and it is nice just to be recognised by the England manager.


“I want to enjoy it and give my best and if I get on the pitch then that will be a bonus – I am just thrilled to be there.

"The feeling is mainly one of excitement. I have been through the ranks with England so I have an idea of what to expect.”

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