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Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney still has the trust of Fabio Capello despite his red card in Friday evening's 2-2 draw with Montenegro.

The 25-year-old has claimed in recent months that he is now a much calmer person and more in control of his emotions, but the latest needless, unprovoked incident will raise yet more questions about his temperament.

But despite his actions, it is clear that Capello's views on Rooney have not diminished after he backed the player to learn from this mistake and come back fighting, both for club and for country.

"Absolutely yes," said the Italian coach, when asked if he still trusted the Manchester United man. "Why not? He is a really good player. A really important player. When he is at the top he makes the difference.




"For a long time he has been the best player of the national team and I am sure he will be really important at the Euros because he is very proud."

Capello also reserved praise for England debutant Phil Jones - the Red Devils defender impressed in an unfamiliar right-back role on Friday night, and is tipped for a bright international future.

"Phil Jones is born to this, he is like Jack Wilshere," he added. "Talent is talent. You can't create it. You are born with it.

"People only want to speak about Rooney but, oh, guys, Phil Jones is really good news for me. He played really well, without fear, with personality, going forward, defending well.

"In the next games it will be interesting to see some things, whether Phil Jones can play central defence for example."

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