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Feb, 8, 2011

Lampard: Wilshere needs no help

Stand-in England captain Frank Lampard has confessed Jack Wilshere will not need any advice ahead of Wednesday's clash with Denmark, such is the Arsenal man's quality.

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Wilshere has been handed the first start of his international career by Fabio Capello, having previously enjoyed eight minutes as a substitute against Hungary. At 19 years of age Wilshere is tipped for a big future, and Lampard is confident the youngster will handle the occasion.

"I don't think Jack needs much help!" said Lampard. "The way he's been playing, he's been fantastic for Arsenal. Some people look like they might take time to adjust to the international setup, but he looks like he's got the mental ability and attitude to fit straight in.

"I'll try to help him next to me if I need to during the game, but he's a fantastic player and I'm looking forward to playing alongside him.

"I'm very impressed by him as a player. To come through at Arsenal alongside the likes of [Robin] Van Persie and [Cesc] Fabregas, and fit in as well as he has done, I think it shows the talent he's got. Like Josh McEachran at Chelsea, he's the future of England, and it's great to see him get his full debut and I'm sure he'll be a big player for England for many years to come."

Meanwhile, Fabio Capello believes Jack Wilshere represents the very best of England's new breed.

"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.''

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.

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole will become England's most capped full-back when he starts on Wednesday, and Lampard paid special tribute to his team-mate.

"I don't think his contribution can be understated,'' he said. ''I think he's well recognised as England's greatest ever left-back, he is in my opinion, and breaking that record speaks for itself. It's great to see England fans recognise him as the best player this year."

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