And Capello feels that Rooney's career had been going on a downward trajectory in England before the move.
"He was on the pitch like a different person. He was not with the team. It was not the Rooney I remember - fighting, running - nothing. He lost everything, all his characteristics.
"He decided to go to America. The football is different, it's a new experience and a lot of Italian players go there at the end of their careers."