Duo earn Capello praise
Fabio Capello was full of praise for Jack Wilshere and Darren Bent following England's victory in Denmark.
Last Updated: 10/02/11 8:24am
England manager Fabio Capello was full of praise for Jack Wilshere and Darren Bent following his side's victory in Denmark.
Arsenal youngster Wilshere, making his full debut for his country, impressed in a defensive midfield role for the Three Lions as they secured a 2-1 friendly victory in Copenhagen.
Aston Villa striker Bent, meanwhile, looked lively throughout and was on target with a crucial equaliser after England fell 1-0 behind to a Daniel Agger strike early on.
Bent's club-mate Ashley Young then grabbed the winner in the second half to hand England a well-timed boost, with Euro 2012 qualifying set to resume next month.
Manager Capello was pleased with the result, and encouraged by some of the individual displays.
"I am happy with the result and the performance of some players," said Capello.
"Wilshere, in the first half, played with confidence and it was an interesting debut.
"Bent played well and worked hard to help the team.
"It's a different position to where he plays for Aston Villa and he scored a goal and had chances for a second."
While complimentary of Wilshere, Capello refused to confirm whether the 19-year-old would keep his place for next month's qualifying clash in Wales.
"It is too early to decide about Wales now," he said.
"He played well. It was not easy in the first half because Denmark pressed and ran a lot, but Jack played with a lot of confidence.
"I am happy with that performance. But now have to wait for a month because all the players have some really important games, not only in the Premier League but in the Champions League too."
Capello was pleased to see goal-scorer Young shine in the space behind lone striker Bent - something starter Wayne Rooney failed to do in the first half.
"In this position Young is really good because he is free," said Capello. "He can run where he wants.
"He has to defend as well but he is really fast, technically good, and dangerous for the opponents."
It undoubtedly raises a question over whether Capello would contemplate selecting Young ahead of Rooney, even if the Italian is not posing it just yet.
"No," he replied. "In the future I have players, like Rooney, like Bent, like (Andy) Carroll, like (Jermaine) Defoe, like (Peter) Crouch. I have to decide which one plays depending on what form they are in."
Capello feels he now has far more options than he previously had at his disposal, adding: "There is big competition now and it is not easy for me to choose.
"There are some new players. Andy Carroll is a new player. Jack Wilshere is a new player. Theo Walcott is back.
"I saw the spirit of the team, and that is really important for us."