Jermain Defoe struck a hat-trick as England started the road to recovery after the bitter disappointment of World Cup failure with victory against Bulgaria in their opening Euro 2012 qualifier at Wembley.
Rooney playing the ‘hole’ behind Defoe played a key role in each of the goals and although not scoring looked sharp and eager for the ball.
Manchester United forward Rooney played a decisive part in Defoe's second and third goal and Johnson's strike, with neat assists.
"I played Rooney in a position different than usual. He did very well. I spoke with him before the game," stated Capello.
"He had to stay just in front of the two central midfielders and from this position to go forward and to be free. The quality of Rooney was really high."
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