Rooney leads Wilshere praise
Wayne Rooney has led a host of England players in applauding the performance of rising star Jack Wilshere in the win over Denmark.
By Peter Fraser - Follow me on Twitter @SkySportsPeteF
Last Updated: 10/02/11 12:53pm
Wayne Rooney has led a host of England players in applauding the performance of rising star Jack Wilshere in the victory over Denmark.
Fabio Capello's team responded to Daniel Agger's early opener to secure a 2-1 friendly win through goals from Darren Bent and Ashley Young on Wednesday night.
While Ajax's 18-year-old prodigy, Christian Eriksen, impressed for Denmark, the plus point for England was the mature performance of Arsenal teenager Wilshere in an audition for March's Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales.
The midfielder made his full debut for his country in a holding role and has earned praise from Capello after completing 45 minutes at Parken stadium.
Rooney was also impressed with his international team-mate, as the Manchester United striker told Sky Sports News: "I thought Jack Wilshere did really well tonight.
"He was really composed on the ball and he is really good to play with."
Wilshere was substituted at half-time in Copenhagen in what was presumed to be a prearranged agreement between the Football Association and Arsenal, who host Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday.
But in his 45-minute outing he still managed to execute 29 passes at a success rate of 93 per cent, while he also completed three tackles.
Goalscorer Bent said of Wilshere: "I thought he was brilliant. He's a top, top player already. He is so young, so comfortable on the ball and he just makes it look easy."
Wilshere and central midfield partner, and captain, Frank Lampard were replaced at half-time by West Ham's Scott Parker and Manchester City's Gareth Barry.
Parker's opportunities have been limited for England despite his heroics for West Ham and he is essentially in competition for a place with Wilshere at international level.
But the former Charlton, Chelsea and Newcastle man was still pleased to see his compatriot do well, as he said: "Jack is an outstanding player. He is a young player coming through.
"I suppose there is always competition and obviously me and Jack are competing for places along with everyone else.
"Personally all I can do is go out there and do my best every time I put an England shirt on. If the manager decides to go with me or whoever he goes with I am sure we will do our best."