Donovan played alongside Rodwell, 19, at Goodison Park last season and insists the youngster can rejuvenate Fabio Capello’s side after their disastrous World Cup in South Africa.
He said: “I think, along with Wayne Rooney, Jack really is the future of England.
“Following England’s World Cup campaign, I know the coach is being urged to bring through young blood. I really believe Jack could rejuvenate this England team.
“I don’t give out false praise but this young guy really is a future world-beater. I am sure he can make the same impact for club and country that Wayne and David have – that’s really how good he is.
“I have obviously trained and played with him at Everton and he is just a natural football player. Like Wayne it’s effortless to him.”