Capello boosted by Rooney
England coach Fabio Capello is encouraged by Wayne Rooney's return to form ahead of Friday's clash with Bulgaria.
Last Updated: 03/09/10 7:57am
England coach Fabio Capello is encouraged by Wayne Rooney's return to goalscoring form ahead of Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier with Bulgaria.
Rooney ended his five-month goal drought with the opening goal from the penalty spot for Manchester United in last weekend's win over West Ham.
Capello was glad to see the hit-man back on the scoresheet after a disappointing World Cup campaign for England's talisman.
"I monitored him during the last game that he played against West Ham," said Capello.
"He's good, he's back and I'm happy because he scored a goal.
"Rooney runs a lot around the pitch, he's free to move where he decides to go. Rooney will play tomorrow in style."
Capello also reiterated that the door remains opens for David Beckham to return to the England fold.
The Italian appeared to call time on Beckham's international career prior to last month's friendly win over Hungary when he revealed he planned to use younger players for the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.
However, he revealed over the weekend that LA Galaxy star Beckham could still be involved in his plans and he has again insisted his door remains open to all players.
"The door is open for all the players, always," suggested Capello. "I prefer at this moment to choose young players."
Meanwhile, Capello has been handed a boost with the news Everton defender Phil Jagielka should be fit to play after recovering from an ankle injury.
Jagielka, who is in line to start in the absence of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry, had been regarded doubtful after missing training earlier this week, but he has able to take part in Thursday's training session.
With Jagielka fit to play, Capello admits he is close to knowing what his starting XI will be at Wembley with the Italian waiting on one player.
"The keeper, (Joe) Hart, Rooney, Steve (Gerrard), (Gareth) Barry, (Ashley) Cole, (Glen) Johnson, Jagielka, more or less. I know 10 or 11, with a little doubt about one," Capello added.
"The training was really good, the players are okay and some problems we had in the last two days are getting better.
"(Jagielka) is fit, he trained well, there is a little bit of pain but I think for tomorrow he will be 100%."