Fabio Capello says Jack Wilshere's recent performances have earned him the opportunity to cement a permanent England place.
The Arsenal youngster made his debut for his country as a late substitute against Hungary at Wembley in August, and looks likely to feature in next Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier with Wales at the Millennium Stadium.
Capello feels his performances for Arsenal against Barcelona shows that he can cut it at the top level.
Capello said: "Wilshere, after the game against Barcelona, he has arrived.
"He has arrived. You can understand the value of that sort of performance.
"As a young player, I think he is at the top, not only in England but Europe and the world."
When asked if Wilshere was now a first-choice midfielder, Capello said: "Yes, yes, because he is good, because he plays without fear, and with confidence.
"Also for someone so young, he is a leader. It is incredible.
"I never saw someone so young be a leader on the pitch. It is incredible."
In other news, John Terry has been installed as England's permanent captain for a third time.
Capello said: "I decided John Terry would be the captain for this game (against Wales) because, after the game in Copenhagen, the way the armband was moved around was upsetting for him."