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Jack Wilshere now seen by Fabio Capello as England’s key midfielder ahead of Frank Lampard and despite absence of Steven Gerrard – report

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Frank Lampard’s England career as a first-choice midfielder is reportedly at an end after the rise of Jack Wilshere and his partnership with Scott Parker, according to The Mail on Sunday.


England manager Fabio Capello reportedly no longer considers Lampard to be a first-team player for the national team, and will only put him in the starting line-up if there is an injury to either Wilshere or Parker.

Wilshere is now widely regarded as the future of England’s midfield, and while Scott Parker is another player who is over 30, Capello sees him as the ideal foil for Wilshere, particularly as he provides defensive cover for the Arsenal man’s forward bursts.

Ashley Young is also reportedly seen as more important to England’s future than Lampard after replacing him in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland, with the new Manchester United signing apparently being encouraged to play behind the two strikers.

In addition, Capello is also apparently looking to hand new Manchester United defender Phil Jones a debut against the Netherlands in August after he impressed for England Under-21s in the recent European Under-21 Championships.

It is thought that Capello believes Jones is more prepared for international football than his club-mate Chris Smalling, and while he is looking for Jones to have an early experience of the full England set-up, he also wants him to try and forge a central defensive partnership with either Michael Dawson or Phil Jagielka.

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Jack Wilshere now seen by Fabio Capello as England’s key midfielder ahead of Frank Lampard and despite absence of Steven Gerrard – report

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