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Capello: I found ideal role for Man Utd striker Rooney

England coach Fabio Capello was delighted with Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney's performance in victory over Switzerland. Rooney's contribution followed on from his impressive effort in the demolition of Bulgaria at Wembley on Friday - though that came before his personal life became the subject of potentially damaging allegations.

Both displays justified Capello's decision to let Rooney occupy a deep-lying position just in front of England's two central midfielders, a role he feels the 24-year-old is perfectly suited to.

"Wayne Rooney played very well," said Capello.

"(Mentally) he was okay and scoring the goal helped too.

"This position is good for him. It is easy for him to get into positions to shoot."

Rooney's effort showed yet again that top players have an extraordinary capacity not to be affected by whatever turbulence they may be enduring elsewhere.

"I had seen he had been okay in training, now he plays an official game really well," said Capello. "The players want to play without other things on their minds. They can focus on the game alone. He did that today.

"At the end, he was really happy."

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