Fabio Capello believes Jack Wilshere represents the very best of England's new breed.
The 19-year-old will be handed the influential midfield holding role when England tackle Denmark in Copenhagen later.
It is the start of what Capello expects to be a lengthy run in the Three Lions line-up for Wilshere, who has long been viewed as a prospect of huge potential and whom the England boss has noted rapid strides from this season.
"Jack Wilshere represents the very best of the young players," said Capello.
"I saw five or six games at the start of the season and he played well. But he was not as good as he is now. Some players I monitored during this period, who are with the Under-21s, are good but they not ready to play with us. Wilshere will be a really important player."
Capello has confirmed Joe Hart will return in goal, whilst Darren Bent's recent evolution into the more all-round striker Capello needs will be rewarded by a fourth international start and his first since being omitted from Capello's World Cup squad.
Lampard will captain his country from the start of a game for the first time, with Capello claiming the 32-year-old's injury problems over the first few months of the campaign, far from placing a question mark over his presence, actually make him one of England's fresher squad members.