Landon Donovan full of praise for Everton's Jack Rodwell

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American ace Landon Donovan believes that young Everton midfield protege Jack Rodwell is "the future of England".

Donovan played alongside the 19-year-old at ­Goodison Park last season and the LA Galaxy forward insists Rodwell is a future world-beater like former Toffee Wayne Rooney.

He said in The Daily Star: "I think, along with Wayne Rooney, Jack really is the future of England.

"I don’t give out false praise but this young guy really is a future world-beater.

"I have obviously trained and played with him at Everton and he is just a natural football player. Like Wayne it’s effortless to him."

Donovan added: "He is a down-to-earth guy who genuinely loves his club.

"I was so pleased to hear he had signed a five-year contract and I think he is the sort of guy who will honour it unless ­Everton receive an offer they deem so good they can’t turn it down.

"But long-term I am sure Sir Alex Ferguson has an eye on him and, not only could he be a future Manchester United player, he could be their future Wayne Rooney. That’s how highly I rate him."

Beyond just Rooney, Donovan ranks Rodwell as among the biggest young talents in Europe.

He said: "He is the most exciting young player in the Premier League and, with Alexandre Pato at AC Milan and Atlético Madrid’s Sergio Agüero, one of the most exciting in Europe.

"He can be a huge player for both club and country."

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