Moyes backs Rodwell for call-up

Image: Jack Rodwell: Tipped for senior England call-up for friendlies with Spain and Sweden

Everton boss David Moyes believes Jack Rodwell is ready for a call-up to the England senior squad.

Toffees chief wants midfielder included on merit

Everton boss David Moyes believes Jack Rodwell is ready for a call-up to the England senior squad. Rodwell has been tipped as one of a number of new faces Fabio Capello will select in his squad for forthcoming friendlies against Spain and Sweden. The 20-year-old has impressed for Everton this season after getting a regular run in the side and, with the likes of Jack Wilshere and Steven Gerrard missing because of injury, Rodwell could find himself promoted from the Under 21 set-up. "I think a senior call-up can come too early. You want it to be merited for the right reasons," said Moyes. "You want him to go into the team. If he played he wouldn't let anyone down because in international football he has some very good qualities.

Improved

"Jack has done well. He has improved over the recent weeks and I think because of that he is getting close (to the full England team). "He is obviously going to be mentioned. He has played well in the games. "I don't know how many call-offs England might have this weekend - I wouldn't be surprised to see a lot - but that might bring Jack forward if that is the case. "He has started to just find his feet here. He's beginning to look more composed and competent in the team and at the moment we are happy with the way he is going. "Is he ready for the big full international stage? That is something we will all need to wait and see."

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