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Capello preaches patience with Rooney

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Fabio Capello believes patience is the key to Wayne Rooney becoming a truly world class star.

Rooney took man-of-the-match accolades with his two-goal haul in England's 5-1 win over Kazakhstan at Wembley.

But Capello said: "He has to be more patient, take things more slowly and understand what is happening around him. Then he will get more goals."

He added: "Wayne Rooney is in fantastic form at the moment,

"He is scoring a lot of goals, and his movement and pace are excellent. He runs; he comes back to win the ball. He does everything. He is an example to the other players.

"But it is possible for him to be better. I spoke with him when I first became England manager and told him technically he was very good.

"There are no problems with the head or feet. But when he arrives in front of the goal, sometimes he shoots too quickly."

Sir Alex Ferguson feels he is now "being fair" to the 22-year-old by not switching him about so much - although, as Capello noted when Rooney was introduced as a substitute during the recent home win over Bolton, he is not exclusively used in an orthodox striking role.

"Wayne is an extraordinary player," said Capello.

"He can play left or right and still scores goals. He got a good one against Bolton when he played on the left wing. Not many people can do that."

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