I'm not a big fan of Capello but credit where it is due, he is building a team that could impress in the Euro finals and which may prove to be a real force in the next World Cup. Hart, Smalling, Cahill, Wilshere (I know he didn't play last night), Walcott, Rooney, Young...these players all have two World Cups left in the tank and a team is growing up together.
The formation last night was very exciting. The third goal showed how Rooney, Young and Walcott can combine offensively, whilst Barry and Parker offered a good screen for the back four. With Wilshere still to be added to the team and an exciting crop of other young players coming through - Cleverley and Welbeck stand out - the future is suddenly looking bright!
4-4-2 seems to have been consigned to the bin and Capello has been blessed with players who fit a fluid 4-5-1 / 4-3-3 formation. At last, England have the flexibility needed to succeed at international level. Lampard already looks a spent force at international level and Gerrard must be wondering if there is a way back into this team. Gerrard for Downing and Wilshere for either Parker or Barry may be a tournament winning combination!
Just one gripe - that kit!