Leighton Baines has revealed how Fabio Capello helped him relax before his England debut against Egypt.
Defender Baines pulled on the Three Lions jersey for the first time against Egypt, with England coming out 3-1 winners at Wembley earlier in the month.
With first-choice left-back Ashley Cole currently sidelined with injury, many expect Baines to make the plane for South Africa, although other players may have a say before Capello names his final squad.
The in-form Everton man grew into the game against Egypt and put in a steady performance, but admits Italian tactician Capello reassured him before kick-off.
"It could have been a nerve-racking experience, going down and playing for the first time, but his approach to handling players helped relax me," he told the Daily Mail.
"I only found out I was playing shortly before we left the hotel, and all he said was to play the way I always did for my club and I would be fine.
"He probably sensed I had enough to contend with and he made a point of keeping it simple.
"That first appearance is always the most testing, so to know no-one was expecting anything out of the ordinary helped me cope.
"I just concentrated on making a steady start, and the manager seemed pleased enough afterwards.
"He told us all it was important to have turned the game around and won. I think he likes to keep you on your toes."
The 25-year-old witnessed the Capello effect during his time with the national squad, recalling how everyone falls silent as soon as the manager steps into a room.
"It showed the respect he commands from all the players," he added.
"He walks in and the room goes quiet. It's difficult to explain, but he has that presence.
"He's not one for wasting words, but he doesn't have to say much. There is a real aura about him that makes everyone sit up and take notice."