In lashing out at Miodrag Dzudovic, Rooney might just have been booting himself out of the European Championships.
"I need to find the solution for the first game, or two games, that Rooney will not play," said Capello. "And if we find that solution, he needs to work to return to the first 11.
"You know me. Sometimes I make mistakes but I try to select the best players, in the best moment of form."
"There were two I did not select for this game who are doing really well.
"I saw the game that (Jermain) Defoe played against Arsenal. He did really well. He ran a lot and pressed a lot.
"Daniel Sturridge is the same."
Did we hear that correctly? Are you really prepared to leave Rooney out even if one of the world's best players was available for selection.
"Yes," replied Capello firmly.
"In my life as a manager I have put on the bench a lot of players. I always decided who was the best player at that moment."