Capello has faith in youth as England beat Hungary at Wembley
England 2 Hungary 1
England coach Fabio Capello feels he has found some young players who can help him build for the future after the 2-1 friendly win over Hungary at Wembley.
Capello, who included Adam Johnson and Theo Walcott in his starting line-up and gave a first cap to substitute Jack Wilshere, had seen his side fall behind to an own goal by Phil Jagielka.
But, faced with another defeat on the back of a disastrous World Cup, the home side responded as a double from captain Steven Gerrard sealed the win.
Capello, who did not celebrate either of England's goals, said: “I concentrated on the game, I wanted to see everything.
“I am happy with the performance, we played well in the first 30 minutes, but the last 10 minutes of the first half were not so good. They were really compact and it was difficult to find space.
“In the second half we saw some different young players, and their performance was very good. It was important for them to play here at Wembley and not away from home.
“I think we have found some new players for the future.”
Hungary did make it difficult for England — whose fans reserved their booing mainly for John Terry, Ashley Cole and Wayne Rooney — but it could have been a decent night for the the Three Lions if the goal Rooney thought he had scored inside three minutes had been given.
Detached from the target man Capello welded him to, Rooney raced onto Gerrard's through-ball and lashed the ball home from the edge of the area. Unfortunatelythe officials got it right. Rooney was half a yard beyond the final man.
Had Walcott produced the incisive running on show in the opening 45 minutes in those warm-up games against Mexico and Japan, he would surely not have been left in tears as the squad departed. It was Walcott's cut-back that presented fellow winger Johnson with a clear sight of goal.
Johnson was in enough space but snatched at the opportunity and drove it over the bar.
Half-time brought the seismic shift for England. Once Capello had made his three substitutions — giving debuts to Michael Dawson, Kieran Gibbs and Bobby Zamora, he was left with seven out of his 11 players having a grand total of 21 caps between them.
Such inexperience should render results irrelevant in a friendly. But it is never that way with England.
So, when Dawson's slip allowed Zoltan Gera to set an attack in motion that ended with Phil Jagielka turning the ball into his own goal, the boos started again. Had those supporters been watching a replay, they might have turned their ire on the French officials who saw the ball crossing the line when Dawson had in fact cleared.
Capello, sat impassively in his seat and remained there, even after Gerrard had weaved his magic.
There was real venom in Gerrard’s reaction after belting a dipping shot into the Hungary net.
Four minutes later, Gerrard swivelled superbly and tucked home a second to give England a much-needed victory.