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Fabio praises superb Rooney

30 Mar 2009 - 08:06:08

England coach Fabio Capello has heaped further praise on Wayne Rooney, while giving another hint that Michael Owen's international career could be over.

Manchester United ace Rooney scored twice in the 4-0 weekend win over Slovakia and will be a crucial figure in Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.

Capello said: "I am very happy when Rooney plays. He is different to the other players and has always done well with the national team.

"I was sure he would score goals for us. I told him some things about the movement he needed to do in front of goal.

"But he is a very big talent. He can do everything."

Meanwhile, Capello spelled out his plans for the midweek action, adding: "I have to choose players to play against the Ukraine, not against history.

"I have chosen the best players who are in good form at the moment. It is impossible to choose someone who has only played for 20 minutes. Why didn't he play the last game?

"We play with three midfielders, two players like Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard and one forward.

"I want Rooney and Gerrard to be very free to move around when we have the ball. That is the way I want them to play."


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