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Capello praises youngsters

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Fabio Capello paid tribute to the next generation of England stars following a 2-1 friendly win over Hungary.

Captain Steven Gerrard scored twice as the Three Lions came from behind to claim victory at Wembley. Capello gave first caps to four players against Hungary although Jack Wilshere could only manage a late substitute's appearance after being detained in hospital suffering from stomach pains.

"The new players played with big confidence. Kieran Gibbs did very well, Adam Johnson, Bobby Zamora, did very good, and I'm happy for Ashley Young," said Capello.

"This time he played with confidence, the confidence he didn't play with before in the two games at Wembley.

"Wilshere didn't play much because on Tuesday night he was at the hospital. He had some problems, some big pain.

"He returned from the hospital about 5am. For this reason he only played 10 minutes because the doctors said he cannot play a lot."

Wayne Rooney bore the brunt of the fans' backlash to the World Cup disappointment and was booed when he was substituted midway through the second period.

But Capello does not believe there is any lasting damage to the relationship between the Manchester United star and the England supporters.

He said: "I am sure the supporters love Rooney because he is a really important English player.

"He can make the difference always in every game but he is not at a good moment. He has to play more. Probably he will not be good for the next game he plays in the Premier League."

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