Roy Hodgson gave Ross Barkley the best compliment a young England midfielder could wish for on Thursday when he likened him to Paul Gascoigne.
After missing the last four games through injury, Barkley has returned to the England squad for the upcoming double-header against Slovenia and Scotland.
The 20-year-old midfielder worked his way into the England World Cup squad after a series of impressive displays for Everton towards the end of last season, and he is expected to play a big role in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.
Hodgson resisted calls to start Barkley in the opening two World Cup games and criticised the player for giving the ball away too much.
Estonia 0 England 1 player ratings
Estonia 0 England 1 player ratings
1/12 Joe Hart
Another quiet night for England’s No 1. A spectator for the most part in Tallinn, though his distribution was wayward at times when required. 6/10
2/12 Calum Chambers
Often sloppy on the ball but matches like this will stand him in good stead for the future, especially when being played out of position. 5
3/12 Gary Cahill
Fast becoming Mr Dependable in England’s backline. Always in the best position, and gave Estonia’s forwards no chance during rare attacks. 8
4/12 Phil Jagielka
A slightly subdued performance but made up for that with a couple of well-timed challenges. Not over-worked but solid alongside Cahill. 5
5/12 Leighton Baines
Plenty of time and space to attack, with his passing as slick as his hairstyle. Rooney should have put away left-back’s cross in the first half. 7
6/12 Jack Wilshere
Despite his starting position as the deep-lying midfielder, he constantly looked to set England on the attack. A couple of delightful through-balls. 9
7/12 Jordan Henderson
Steady from the Liverpool midfielder, with some great movement but the 24-year-old lacked incision with his final ball. Can do better. 6
8/12 Fabian Delph
Often found himself reverting to left-back as cover for the adventurous Baines who was always looking to get forward. Replaced after 61 minutes. 5
9/12 Adam Lallana
The attacking tip of Hodgson’s diamond. Linked up well with Rooney, Henderson and Wilshere and made promising runs into dangerous areas. 6
10/12 Wayne Rooney
His celebration was one of pure relief after his missed chances began stacking up. Stepped up with fine free-kick when it mattered. 7
11/12 Danny Welbeck
Sluggish. The Arsenal man just could not get going at all in Tallinn. Heavy in the touch. Had to drop back to get any involvement in the game. 4
12/12 Best of the bench: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
His pace posed some problems as the clock wound down, and he came close to setting up Rooney for a late second which the captain couldn’t finish. 6
But Hodgson must have been impressed with Barkley's play since because he sees flashes of Gascoigne in the young Liverpudlian.
"He's got great potential as an impact player," the England manager said.
"He's a magnificent runner with the ball. In terms of being able to run with the ball with pace and power, you could compare him to Paul Gascoigne.
"Gascoigne was a powerful player, powerful runner with the ball, once he set off and went by people they didn't catch him. Ross Barkley is the same.
"He's a player with excellent technique and can score goals, he interprets the role behind the front player very well."
Being likened to one of the most entertaining and gifted midfielders of all time is likely to give Barkley a lift.
But it could also backfire, Hodgson admits.
"That was dangerous because now you will make all sorts of comparisons," the England manager said with a smile.
"I might be regretful that I ever mentioned Gascoigne's name, but I will put my cards on the table.
"If you are an England player it means you are going to be under a lot more scrutiny."
Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants Hodgson to be careful with his star midfielder given that he has just come back from a 14-week knee injury lay-off.
And the former Fulham boss hinted the youngster is unlikely to play the entirety of next Saturday's qualifier against Slovenia, or the friendly in Scotland three days later.
"Obviously we lost him through a long period of time through injury," Hodgson said.
"We are pleased to have him back, he does give us that enormous possibility, and if he doesn't start the game he is a player coming off the bench who can make a difference."