A come from behind victory away from home and the emergence of a new young talent? Things are looking up – over to guest blogger Thomas Rooney.
Fabio Capello isnâ€™t someone who dishes out praise too often. The Italian likes to play his cards close to his chest and not let the press know what he thinks of his players.
After the friendly victory over DenmarkÂ on Wednesday nightÂ though, Capello was in a very positive mood, not only praising the team performances as a whole, but singling out individuals who impressed him.
At the centre of the England bossâ€™ thoughts in this regard was Jack Wilshire. The 18-year-old made his first international start and produced a very promising performance in the 45 minutes he played.
Speaking of the Arsenal youngster, Capello said: â€œHe played very well. He played with confidence, passed a lot of good balls and won back possession.â€
Capello has recently said that Wilshire is one of very few of Englandâ€™s younger players ready to play for him on a regular basis and it seems clear that the game against Denmark has done nothing but increase this belief.
The former Real Madrid boss continued his praise: â€œIt’s not easy for a player so young on a [full] debut to play at this level. It was a good performance.â€
There was quite a lot of pressure on Wilshire before the game too. Everyone was talking about his talent. Players, pundits and managers were all singing his praises.
It shows a lot that he didnâ€™t let this get to him and produced an assured performance, linking well with Frank Lampard and spraying the passes around in Englandâ€™s midfield.
Many sports betting pundits thought that Wilshire was the real deal before last nightâ€™s game and now they know he can be.
Whether he will get the nod for Englandâ€™s Euro 2010 qualifier against Wales in March is another matter though. Capello will be keen not to ask too much of him too soon.
Having said that, he is bound to be tempted to start with Wilshire. He seems like the type of player that will grow with every performance. He is starting week in week out for Arsenal, so why canâ€™t he be part of Englandâ€™s strongest team?
Those looking at sportsbook patterns regularly will want to note the quote of the man himself after the game too. He is clearly a very driven young man who is determined to succeed with England.
He said: â€œTo play with the players who were on show was just brilliant. I’m delighted and it’s good to get off to a winning start on my debut.â€
â€œPlaying with Rooney and Lampard was great and I’m going to treasure that forever.â€
He also revealed that he was desperate to play the second-half, but Capello reminded him of the important games he had coming up for Arsenal.
One thing for sure though is that Wilshire is a fantastic talent and if he progresses over the next year or so, England could have a world-class midfielder on their hands by Euro 2012.