The pair look set to start alongside each other for only the second time in Wednesday's Wembley friendly with Scotland.
It will represent just the eighth cap of Wilshere's international career, which began in August 2010 and has seen him miss an incredible 25 matches, all but one of which was due to injury.
Wilshere's concern at the situation is highlighted by the fact he counted them.
Gerrard draws parallels to his own career, which included missing the 2002 World Cup with a groin injury.
And he knows Wilshere has plenty of time to make his mark.
"Jack is so good I am sure when he gets to my age he will be sitting in my position with the armband on talking about another 100-cap player," said Gerrard.
"I've got no doubt he can (be the man who succeeds him).
"It's his quality, his example in training every day. He wants to learn, he loves England. He ticks a lot of boxes when it comes down to other players following his lead.
"I've been in a similar position, I missed a World Cup and many caps.
"I'm really paranoid about putting too much pressure on any player but he is that good there is nothing for him to worry about."
Wilshere himself admits to an enormous sense of frustration about his England career, which has largely been spent in front of the TV cheering the players who should be his team-mates on.
Of his seven appearances, only one game - against Brazil at Wembley in February - and a further 13 minutes as a substitute in Sweden, have been on the same pitch as Gerrard.
"I've got a room where I've got shirts up; Stevie's shirts up and my seven caps," said Wilshere.
"Playing for England is the pinnacle. Missing matches has not been a good experience.
"I am yet to play in a World Cup match and haven't contributed anything to this qualifying campaign.
"But I want to help and I watch every game like a fan."
The day it really dawned on Gerrard how good Wilshere could be was on the opening day three seasons ago, when the Arsenal man imposed himself on the first hour of a Premier League encounter with Liverpool, when his national captain was in direct opposition.
"You could see his quality straight away," said Gerrard.
"From that moment, I'm not thinking about Arsenal, I'm thinking of England and getting back out there with him."
It is a measure of Wilshere's ability that most regard him as an automatic choice, when fit, even though he is competing against the likes of Frank Lampard and Michael Carrick.
The burden does not seem to be one that bothers him though.
In fact, he does not even seem to notice.
"I just want to be fit and play," he said.
"I need to make up for lost time. I've had my first pre-season in three years and I think I am ready."
With Gerrard embarking on what is likely to be his last campaign as an England player, Wilshere is the player upon so much of England's future hopes rest.
However, having seen how much pressure has been placed on Wayne Rooney's shoulders in recent years, he is eager for the load to be shared.
"I've said many times we need to share the responsibility out," said Gerrard.
"As a nation we want to pin all the pressure on one person like we did with Gazza and we have done with Rooney lately.
"It's not dangerous, it's just not fair for one person to carry the nation's pressure.
"Eleven players go out there and you go to a tournament with 23 or 24."
And then there is the club element to consider as, unlike Rooney at present, Wilshere is just as important for Arsenal and he is for England.
"Every manager is the same," said Wilshere.
"Three days after the Premier League starts, they will be selfish.
"He (Arsene Wenger) speaks to me before the game and tries to calm you down. But I'm playing for England and he's not going to stop me."
And Wenger's last words before Wilshere headed off for national service?
"Come back fit," he said.