Two-and-a-half years on, Sportsmail looks at how the squad has changed under their manager.
We'll meet again: Two and a half years on, Fabio Capello faces his first opponents as England boss - Switzerland - in a Euro 2012 qualifier on Tuesday
Capello's first squadGoalkeepers: James (Portsmouth), Carson (Liverpool), Kirkland (Wigan).
Defenders: Bridge (Chelsea), A Cole (Chelsea), Davies (West Brom), Ferdinand (Man Utd), Johnson (Portsmouth), King (Tottenham), Shorey (Reading), Brown (Man Utd), Lescott (Everton), Richards (Man City), Upson (West Ham), Woodgate (Tottenham).
Midfielders: Carrick (Man Utd), Gerrard (Liverpool), Barry (Aston Villa), Jenas (Tottenham), Hargreaves (Man Utd), J Cole (Chelsea), A Young (Aston Villa), Downing (Middlesbrough), Wright-Phillips (Chelsea), Bentley (Blackburn).
Forwards: Heskey (Wigan), Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Owen (Newcastle), Rooney (Man Utd), Crouch (Liverpool).
Survivor: Shaun Wright-Phillips (second left) scored on that night for England
Capello's first match England 2 Switzerland 1, February 6, 2008
Goals: Jenas 40, Wright-Phillips 62; Derdiyok 58.
England (4-4-2): James; Brown, Ferdinand, Upson, A Cole (Bridge 73min); Bentley, Jenas (Wright-Phillips 57), Gerrard, Barry (Hargreaves 73); J Cole (Crouch 57), Rooney (A Young 87). Subs not used: Carson, Richards, Lescott, Woodgate, Owen, Defoe, Kirkland.
Missing man: David Beckham
Who missed out? Walcott, Beckham, Lennon, Green, Hart, Robinson.
Who has stuck it out? A Cole, Ferdinand, Johnson, Lescott, Upson, Carrick, Gerrard, Barry, A Young, Wright-Phillips, Rooney, Crouch, Carson.
Who has called it a day? James, Bridge, Brown Heskey.
Who has disappeared off Capello's radar?Kirkland, Davies, King, Shorey, Richards, Woodgate, Jenas, Hargreaves, J Cole, Downing, Bentley, Agbonlahor, Owen.
City's growing influence In Capello's first squad, Manchester United provided four players - more than any other club. Two-and-a-half years on, rivals Manchester City lead the way with six players - twice as many as any other team.
2008 - 4: Manchester United. 3: Liverpool, Chelsea. 2: Portsmouth, Wigan, Tottenham, Aston Villa. 1: West Brom, Reading, Everton, Manchester City, West Ham, Middlesbrough, Blackburn, Newcastle.
2010 - 6: Man City. 3: Tottenham. 2: Arsenal, Liverpool, West Ham, Man Utd. 1: West Brom, Birmingham, Watford, Bolton, Chelsea, Everton, Aston Villa, Sunderland.
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