Stuart Pearce believes that Tom Cleverley is set for a big future with both England and Manchester United, as the youngster makes a comeback from injury and works his way into the senior international squad.
Pearce today announced the England squad that will take part in the Holland friendly next Wednesday at Wembley, and included Cleverley in a freshly juggled group of stars since the departure of Fabio Capello.
Other United youngsters Chris Smalling, Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones were also included in the squad, and though Pearce is wary of Cleverley's injury problems, he has high hopes for the midfielder.
"I've been to major championships with Tom Cleverley," he said today, as reported by BBC.
"It's been a bit stop-start with injuries for him this season. United have played him in a more central role and he's flourished. They talk highly of him.
"I think he's got a great future. Being around a senior set-up will help quite a few of them. It's important to find out if they can handle a game of this magnitude."
Pearce has gone for a squad filled with younger players in preparation for the match, and believes that it is important for the incoming England manager to see some new faces showcasing their talent.
"The missing players won't be playing Wednesday, you can read that into it - beyond that no, you can't read into it," he insisted.
"I was thinking what the possible next manager might need to learn about players. I know Frank Lampard and John Terry and other senior players. I don't think I'd learm from watching them play but I might with some younger lads."
Pearce has also included Wayne Rooney in the squad, despite the United striker getting ready to serve a two match suspension in the group stages of the 2012 Euros in June. And Pearce said that by doing so it would make the transition for the star easier once his suspension is over.
"With Wayne Rooney having a suspension, what will be done with the two friendly lead up games is open to debate," he said.
"With a suspension going into two group games, I think it's important he's involved in international games. [Against Holland] I think it would be too easy and foolish to put a total inexperienced side out in a game of this magnitude.
"We need a couple of wise heads out there."
Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).
Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).
Forwards: Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).Goalkeepers: Scott Carson (Bursaspor), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Robert Green (West Ham United).