Capello surprised by criticism
Fabio Capello has learnt at least one lesson from Wednesday's defeat to France - that you will never please everyone as England manager.
Having taken heed of the demand to blood some youngsters at Wembley last night, Capello then found himself fending off questions about the comprehensive nature of the 2-1 defeat to France.
To the England coach, it was a hugely valuable lesson, that will not pay dividends until he comes to select his squad for Euro 2012, should the team qualify of course.
He is at a loss therefore to understand why the analysis has been quite so unforgiving.
"All the time I have been reading 'you have to put the young players in, young players, young players'," said Capello.
"This time I put the young players in and we are speaking about the result and the difference between the English and French players."
Capello should have realised the impossibility of satisfying a demanding public by now.
Aside from the small number of Brent residents who took advantage of the Football Association's £5 ticket offer, the majority of fans paid good money to watch a team whose pathetic World Cup performance was eclipsed only by the sheer farce provided by Wednesday's opponents.
And, without taking on trust the benefits Capello insisted last night's encounter brought, it was easy to see which team has regained the most ground.
"These young players are the future of England," said Capello.
"I monitored these players in the Premier League and there, I know their value.
"But I also have to understand what really happens when they play with the seniors.
"I think that some of these young players will play another game when we play in February. It is important to improve and to stay together."
Capello is too experienced and has been too successful to be viewed as anything other than a clear thinker.
Maybe his articulation is the problem because he both suggested the youngsters could be a threat for their senior counterparts, whilst also suggesting if England had been able to call on players such as Wayne Rooney, John Terry and Frank Lampard, the result would have been different.
"When all the best English players are fit, we are a really good team," he said.
"It is important for the older players to be fit but we also have to put the young players into the team because a lot of them could be in my squad for Euro 2012."
Some clearly have more to learn than others.
Andy Carroll adapted to the international arena with commendable maturity for someone who has spent the entire week under an intense spotlight.
Even if his strengths are rather depressing for those who are desperate for England to detach themselves from their long-ball stereotype, Carroll does at least appear to be an obvious successor to Emile Heskey and a partnership with Wayne Rooney is awaited with keen interest.
Kieran Gibbs was not given enough cover and ended up getting a lesson in full-back play from Arsenal team-mate Bacary Sagna, which he should heed.
Jordan Henderson was not alone in being bypassed. Midfield partner Gareth Barry suffered exactly the same fate. However, it appears the 20-year-old's development will be more slow and measured than that of absent Jack Wilshere for instance.
With a February encounter against Argentina pencilled in and another friendly lined up with Ghana a couple of days after England's next competitive game - against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on March 26 - there are opportunities, even before June encounters with Switzerland and Thailand.
It fills the first half of a 2011 which will begin with far less optimism than this year did, but with Capello insisting there are reasons to be cheerful.
"I am not worried," said Capello.
"First of all we found really good players, like Carroll, who will be important for the future and can play more important games in Euro qualification.
"The other players will be young and better the next time they play.
"Without experience, it is impossible to put young players on the pitch and expect them to play well."