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Everton legend Reid backing Rodwell for big U21 Euros

Everton icon Peter Reid is backing Jack Rodwell to star for England at the U21 Euros.

An 18-year-old Rodwell excelled himself two years ago for the Under-21s at Euro 2009 in Sweden and Reid, himself a former central midfielder of great repute, is confident he can repeat the feat.

"This tournament is a bonus for Jack, a bonus for Everton and a bonus for England," Reid told evertonfc.com. "I think he has great, great potential but you need to play the games to develop and this is a chance for him to step up.

"This has come at the right time for him. It will teach him more about competition football and that is great for your education. This could be a great opportunity for Jack Rodwell to show what he can do on a big stage.

"I think he could be a real success in this tournament, it could be just what he needs, and he can be a real star for Everton. He has everything to be a top midfield player and is someone that can get you an important goal, all he needs now is the games.

"He has had injuries, niggling problems, and that stops you getting that run in the side. When you are a young player you need time on the pitch and hopefully he can get himself straight into Stuart Pearce's starting line-up."

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