England manager Fabio Capello was delighted with Wayne Rooney after the Manchester United striker scored two second-half goals to seal a well deserved man-of-the-match award in the 4-0 win over Slovakia.
With fellow strikers Emile Heskey, Carlton Cole and Peter Crouch all suffering injuries ahead of Wednesday's World Cup qualifier the Italian was pleased to see Rooney come through unscathed and show such an impressive performance.
"I am very happy for him," Capello said. "He played very well, scored two goals and is a very important player for us."
He added: "His movement with Steven Gerrard was very good, both when we were attacking and defending and I was delighted."
Although he is loathe to use him in such a role, Capello has not entirely dismissed the thought of playing Rooney as the main striker in midweek.
"Rooney can play anywhere," said the Italian. "If our team were a pack of cards, he would be our joker."
David Beckham replaced Aaron Lennon in the second half to record his record 109th cap, with the signs that he will earn many more after he supplied the pinpoint cross for Rooney's first after earlier setting up Crouch.
Crouch's header would have brought a goal had an offside John Terry not needlessly prodded the ball over the line.
"David played like I know David can," said Capello. "It was a good cross for Wayne's goal. His movement was good and he held the ball really well."
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