Fabio: Nobody is safe now, not even Rooney
Published 22:46 09/02/11 By John Cross
Ashley Young fired England to victory in the Parken Stadium - and immediately put Wayne Rooney's place under threat.
Fabio Capello admitted no players are safe any more after Young and Aston Villa team mate Darren Bent were last night's goal heroes.
Rooney drew another blank, which leaves the Manchester United striker's international record standing at only one goal in the last 17 months and 14 games.
England boss Capello said: "There's big competition because all the players can play. It's not easy to choose for me. At this moment, all the players who play here are doing well.
"I have to have in the future the same players that I know, like Rooney, like Bent, like Carroll, like Defoe, like Crouch. I have to decide which one plays depending on what form they're in.
"Young is really fast, technically good, and really dangerous for the opponents. Not only this evening but also when he plays with Aston Villa. He's good with his dribbling, his shooting and his passing. He's a good player.
"Darren Bent scored a goal, and had another two chances to score a second. The man in front of the goal is really important. He was in a good position to score every time.
"Now there are some new players. Andy Carroll is a new player. [Jack] Wilshere is a new player. Theo Walcott is back, (substitute) Scott Parker played well.
"Also, this evening, the goalkeeper (Joe Hart) played really well making two very important saves. I'm happy - I saw the spirit of the team, and that's really important for us."
Capello said he was satisfied with Wilshere after the 19-year-old Arsenal midfielder started his first game for England and the Italian said the future is bright for his young team.
"I'm happy for two really important things: for the result," said Capello. "It was important to win before our next qualifying games.
"And I'm really happy because no one player is injured, and the clubs will be happy. The other managers will be happy, so my relationship with them will be good.
"Wilshere played well. It was not easy to play in the first half because they pressed and ran a lot, but he played with a lot of confidence."
Capello also shrugged off any difficulties over the captain's armband as Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Gareth Barry all wore it.
It looked like ex-skipper John Terry wanted it during the second half but was overlooked.
"No, no, no," said the manager. "I decided the captain would be Barry. No, no, no. He knew exactly it would go to Barry."