England Beat Hungary But Capello Still Has Plenty Of Work To Do

Steve Claridge by Steve Claridge / 12 August 2010, 08:46

Fabio Capello and his England team secured a 2-1 victory over Hungary last night as the Italian started to rebuild the squad following the disastrous World Cup campaign, there were glimpses over improvement against Hungary with the home team by far the better team but there is still plenty of work for Capello to do before the Euro 2012 qualifiers get underway next month. There was plenty of young talent on show for Capello and he will have been pleased with their performances, he tried a new formation in the first half with Wayne Rooney up front on his own but in truth the Man United man did seem isolated at times.

Surely the formation with one up front as to be the preference against the bigger nations, another man in midfield against Germany in South Africa would surely have helped to press down the German play makers, however against the lesser nations like Hungary at home then Capello is likely to want to push more men forward which should pay dividends. This goes along way to explaining the excellent form of England during qualification for the World Cup as opposed to the pathetic performances from the team in South Africa, England did seem to improve after the break against Hungary as Capello brought on Bobby Zamora with Rooney and with Steven Gerrard coming from deep they looked to have a few more options.

Wayne Rooney continues to cause a headache for Capello with the Man United Striker once again looking out of sorts at wembley as he did in South Africa, he was hardly given a warm reception when he was substituted during the second half with the England fans placing such high hopes on the star man. Capello must once again find a way to get the best out of Rooney if he is to have any chance of turning England into a top team, at the moment there is certainly not something right with Rooney in an England shirt and with the Italian being payed £6million a year he will know he must solve the Rooney mystery.

The real test for Capello and his England future will come next month when England face a decent Bulgaria side, the Italian should keep faith the new players in the squad like Gibbs and Wilshire of Arsenal who both impressed, while Theo Walcott and Adam Johnson should also be preserved with as Capello looks to build the squad. In the end though it was Steven Gerrard who single handed won the game for England with two sublime goals, it was a performance that the fans at Anfield are used to seeing on a regular basis but perhaps those at Wembley have been starved of recently. All-in-all there were one or two causes for optimism at Wembley on Wednesday night and now Capello must use those glimmers of hope and build on them as we approach the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

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