LA Galaxy captain Donovan: Everton kid Rodwell next England superstar
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."