Capello handed the Manchester United striker a free role and was rewarded with four assists from the forward.
The England manager said: "I played Rooney in a position different than usual. He did very well. I spoke with him before the game.
"He had to stay just in front of the two central midfielders and from this position to go forward and to be free. The quality of Rooney was really high."
Capello also hailed the finishing of Defoe, whose goals, the first coming after just three minutes, helped heal some of the scars of England's shambolic World Cup defeat against Germany in South Africa.
Capello said: "Defoe is always very important for us. He can shoot with his left foot and his right and his performance was really, really good and his movement without the ball was fantastic."