The 22-year-old is expected to line up alongside the Everton man when the Three Lions take on San Marino at Wembley on Friday.
"He was at Sheffield United when they went up to the Premiership and I signed my scholarship. But then we got relegated and he moved to Everton - that was just as I was coming through.
"I've never told him he was a hero as I don't want to make his head too big."
England go into Friday's World Cup qualifier in third place in Group H, level on points with Poland and the Ukraine, with a win and a draw from their opening games.