He said: "There's tough competition for places in pretty much all positions. There isn't anyone who has it nailed down, apart from possibly Stevie.
"But it's a big year for him as well. He's getting that bit older and I see him changing his game for England a bit.
"He's still got the range of passing. Pirlo doesn't move around much but still gets in and makes things happen.
"If Stevie does that and doesn't run around as much - with his range of passing - that could make us stronger."