Frank Lampard believes it is just a matter of time before Chelsea team-mate Daniel Sturridge breaks into the England squad.
The 22-year-old has represented the Three Lions from Under-16 level upwards but has yet to win a full cap.
However, with Wayne Rooney suspended for England's opening Euro 2012 match following his dismissal against Montenegro on Friday, boss Fabio Capello has revealed he is to explore striking alternatives in England's upcoming friendly matches.
Lampard believes Sturridge has all the attributes required to be a success at international level and is therefore the perfect replacement for Rooney in the England line-up.
"There is no doubt Daniel will break through at International level, it's just a matter of when it happens for him," Lampard said.
"He can be a great player for Chelsea and for England. He has skill, unbelievable speed off the mark and he can finish. What more can you ask?
"He brings the excitement that supporters crave and his pace gives him the ability to beat his man and create a goal out of nothing."