Jack Wilshere is 19 years of age. He is also the reason—along with Ashley Young—why England can be thankful for a draw against Switzerland this afternoon.
Deployed in central midfield along with Scott Parker, Wilshere showed glimpses of why he will be the lynchpin of this side and future England sides to come.
His tenacity in the first-half was rewarded when he got the better of his Arsenal team-mate Johan Djourou to win the penalty put away by Frank Lampard.
Wilshere is a mercurial talent, one that you don't see England produce very often. A low centre of gravity and the ability to change a game by himself draw comparisons to Paul Gascoigne.
He though unlike Gascoigne seems to have his head screwed on. Level headed when speaking to the media, it seems that any aggression or issues he has are all resolved on the field of pay.
Wilshere is a rare breed at Arsenal. A young English player who has come up through the youth ranks and succeeded in the first-team.
Arsene Wenger was very aware of his talents from a very young age, with Wilshere training with the first-team from the age of 15.
Fabio Capello is also a massive fan. When the some what reserved Italian changes his whole formation to accommodate you, then you must be doing something right.
He is coming into the national team just as a number of players maybe coming the end of their international career.
Players such as Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand.
Players who have been dubbed an "English Golden Generation" by some parts of the British media.
These players who have flattered to deceive when they ha