Against a Switzerland team who claimed their only World Cup win by beating Spain thanks to a blanket defence, the thought of overcoming it without his best player would have been tough for Capello to contemplate, even if there is a body of opinion that the best place for the 24-year-old right now is back in the north-west with his seven-month-old son Kai.
"Rooney will play in the same position because he really liked it," said Capello.
"He gets the ball a lot, he can be free to move around the pitch and he can go from the back towards the goal.
"It is a really important position and you can see how enthusiastic he is. After the game on Friday he was really happy."