Liverpool legend Alan Hansen believes Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell "has all the credentials" to thrive at the highest level.
On Sunday evening Fabio Capello named Rodwell in his England squad to face Spain and Sweden and while Hansen suggests the call-up is worthy recognition of the 20-year-old's recent form in the Premier League, the aforementioned Match of the Day pundit concedes the Southport born Evertonian is unlikely to be part of the Italian's plans for next summer's European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine.
Hansen suggests Rodwell must become a mainstay of David Moyes' starting XI before realising his ambitions on the international scene, but acknowledges the strides made by the player following a difficult 18-month spell, are extremely encouraging for Everton and England.
The 6ft 2inch midfielder, who is equally adept at centre-half, made his Everton debut in March 2008 and made such an immediate impact it wasn't long before some of England's leading clubs were monitoring his form.
Injuries and subsequent inconsistency somewhat curtailed his swift development but he has shown real signs this season of a welcome return to the form that made him one of the most coveted talents in the Premier League.
"Jack Rodwell looked a world-beater 18 months ago, with speculation linking him with moves to some very big clubs, but he has still to come to the forefront at Everton." Hansen told The Daily Telegraph.
"He has all the credentials - he is big, strong, powerful and has good technical ability.
"He can play at centre half and in midfield, but he really has to start playing regularly for Everton before becoming a serious contender for England.
"If you are not playing for Manchester United, but breaking into the England squad, that is one thing. Not playing regularly for Everton and playing for England is another matter.
Although pleased to see Rodwell given an opportunity for England, Hansen suggests next summer's tournament will come too soon for the player.
"At this stage, I would have to say that Rodwell is a long way from being ready to break into the euro 2012 squad." The former Anfield defender concluded.