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Manager impressed by Rooney and Defoe

Last Updated: 07/09/10 11:45am

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Rooney and Defoe: Have impressed Capello

Rooney and Defoe: Have impressed Capello

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England boss Fabio Capello has hailed Wayne Rooney and Jermain Defoe's developing on-field partnership.

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The pair will front the Three Lions' attacking force in Tuesday night's Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland in Basel after Manchester United ace Rooney declared himself in the right state of mind to play.

Rooney is now on a run of 11 international games without a goal, but adapted well to a new deeper-lying role in Friday's 4-0 victory over Bulgaria at Wembley.


The 24-year-old forward provided three assists during the triumph as well as making a major contribution to Tottenham man Defoe's opener, and manager Capello says to expect more from the duo.

"Sometimes over the course of a season it is like players have a chemical moment. I can see that in them now," said Capello.

"Against Bulgaria, Defoe's movement was fantastic and Rooney's passing was fantastic.

"Rooney has played in a lot of different positions, left wing in the Champions League, as a lone centre-forward and in midfield.

"On Friday I asked him to play just in front of their two central defenders.

"He had a lot of possession, was free to move around the pitch and was really good with the ball at his feet.

"He is so technically strong his passing was excellent."

Rooney has been caught in a whirlwind of media speculation since revelations regarding his private life were exposed in the press on Sunday.

The striker has agreed to play on Tuesday despite the weekend's damaging allegations, but Capello has warned him to distance himself from his troubled domestic life when he runs out at St Jakob Park.


"At different moments you have to separate the private life and the job," he said.

"You have to be strong to divide the two. You have to live the job really well and find solutions to the problems.

"The first part is my job. The other is his problem."

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