England boss Fabio Capello has hinted at midfielder James Milner being the next Aston Villa youngster to be called into his squad.
Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Young have taken the plaudits as Villa challenge for a place in the Premier Leagues top four but Capellos eye has also been caught by Milner.
Im very happy for the Aston Villa players, Capello said. They are young players and are performing. The other young player I like is Milner. He is the future, my future.
Capello could look at Milner, who holds the record for Under-21 caps but is yet to figure in the senior squad, during a proposed friendly against Spain in two months time or the clash against Slovenia in March.
The England boss is looking to maintain the momentum of this seasons World Cup qualifiers, with four wins from four on the path to South Africa.
Their last finals were undermined by Wayne Rooneys red card in the quarter-final against Portugal, but Capello insists there is no problem with the Manchester United forwards temperament, despite his clash with Aalborgs Kasper Risgard last week.
When he played with us he was aggressive but not unfair, Capello said. He was strong. This is important. He is a very important player for us.
The Italian insists he will also consider Michael Owen for future matches if the Newcastle striker is fit.
Owen, who scored his ninth of the season in his clubs win at Portsmouth this weekend, is Englands top scorer currently playing but has not started a game under Capello.
I will watch him in January and after that I will decide if he is okay for the next squad, Capello said. The most important thing for him will be his fitness because the last three times I selected squads he was not fit.
Fitness will also be what Capello checks when he decides on whether to give David Beckham the chance to earn his 108th cap, which would equal Bobby Moores record for an outfield player.
If he plays for AC Milan, its possible. If he doesnt play then he will not be in the squad, Capello said. Its the same for all the players. I will decide after talking to the coaches, not on sympathy.