Capello cagey over Wilshere future

BY foxsports • February 10, 2011

Fabio Capello declared himself satisfied with Jack Wilshere's first England start - but refused to confirm whether he would take on Wales.

Although 19-year-old Wilshere did not look entirely comfortable in the midfield holding role Capello had given him, and was at times put in the shade by Denmark's own wonderkid Christian Eriksen, the Arsenal starlet was confident in possession and always kept trying to go forward in England's 2-1 win in Copenhagen.

His second international appearance only lasted 45 minutes as Capello gave Wilshere a rest with Arsenal's crucial Champions League encounter with Barcelona in mind.

Now the England boss must decide whether a third will come in the Euro 2012 qualifier with Wales at the Millennium Stadium on March 26.

"It is too early to decide about Wales now," said Capello. "He played well. It was not easy in the first half because Denmark pressed and ran a lot, but Jack played with a lot of confidence.

"I am happy with that performance. But now have to wait for a month because all the players have some really important games, not only in the Premier League but in the Champions League too."

If Capello is not going to confirm his starting plans, fitness permitting, Wilshere's place in the 23-man squad for Cardiff is guaranteed.

The same could also be said of Aston Villa pair Darren Bent and Ashley Young, whose goals secured a first win in Scandinavia since 1992 after England had fallen behind to a seventh-minute Daniel Agger header.

For Bent, it was further proof that he can replicate his impressive domestic goals record at international level, while Young revelled in the space just behind his new team-mate, something Wayne Rooney had not done in the opening period.

"In this position Young is really good because he is free," said Capello. "He can run where he wants.

"He has to defend as well but he is really fast, technically good, and dangerous for the opponents."

It undoubtedly raises a question over whether Capello would contemplate selecting Young ahead of Rooney, even if the Italian is not posing it just yet.

"No," he replied. "In the future I have players, like Rooney, like Bent, like Carroll, like Defoe, like Crouch. I have to decide which one plays depending on what form they are in."

Until he suffered the first of his ankle injuries in Munich last March, Rooney's form was never really a subject for debate.

That is not true now, mainly because Capello feels he has far more options than he previously had at his disposal.

He said: "There is big competition now and it is not easy for me to choose.

"There are some new players. Andy Carroll is a new player. Jack Wilshere is a new player. Theo Walcott is back.

"I saw the spirit of the team, and that is really important for us."

Those who had not heard already also saw an outstanding performance from Eriksen, who dominated the first half and produced a couple of exceptional pieces of skill after the interval even though he, like his team, tired.

"They are two good players," said Denmark coach Morten Olsen, when asked to compare the relative merits of Wilshere and Eriksen.

"They are two different kind of player. Wilshere is more a defensive player, but another player coming from behind with good technique and a good view of the game.

"Eriksen showed that he has the level he played against for Ajax Juventus and AC Milan.

"It was important he showed that against good players like those in the England team.

"Maybe the English players didn't know about him before, but now they do."


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