England boss Fabio Capello has again heaped praise on Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney.

Rooney has been in stellar touch for the Barclays Premier League champions this season netting 32 goals, and at times single-handedly keeping United's season alive.

"The most important player is Wayne Rooney," the England manager said. "He scores lots of goals; he finishes everything.

"Players need time. Rooney started at Everton at 16 and he has matured. Right now, his form is incredible and I hope he can maintain that level until South Africa.

"There are three players who are on a different level at the moment. One is [Lionel] Messi, one is Cristiano Ronaldo and one is Rooney. They are a step above everyone else in the world."