Fabio Capello is convinced Wayne Rooney's hat-trick against Arsenal can trigger the end of his international goal drought.
Three Lions boss believes goals are just the tonic for striker
England manager Fabio Capello is convinced Wayne Rooney's hat-trick against Arsenal last weekend can trigger the end of his international goal drought.
The Three Lions' number one striker heads into Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia with just one goal to his name in two years.
It is a quite staggering statistic, taking in, as it does, not only the barren year from March 2010 when Rooney's form dipped dramatically, but also the period beforehand which launched his best campaign, which brought him 34 goals for Manchester United.
With a groin injury threatening the participation of Darren Bent and neither Andy Carroll nor Jermain Defoe currently regarded as first choice for their clubs, there could be more pressure than usual on Rooney to perform.
But Capello feels the injection of confidence the 25-year-old gained last weekend in United's 8-2 rout of Arsenal, as well as the boost provided by United's dazzling array of younger players, leaves him on the verge of making a big impact for the Three Lions.
"Goals are a fantastic medicine for a forward," said Capello. "Now is a good moment for him. The spirit of Manchester United is different.
"Those young players have put something different on the pitch."