The Italian Job was performed perfectly as England beat Switzerland in Fabio Capello’s first game in charge. Even though England looked nervous in the opening periods, they got better as the game progressed and that is sure to please Capello. The team news was a bit of a surprise for everyone as England opted for a 4-5-1 formation with Rooney the lone striker and David Bentley and Joe Cole supporting him from the wings. Gareth Barry was given the role of a defensive midfielder with Gerrard and Jenas mastering the midfield. In the defense, Wes Brown and Ashley Cole were the full backs with Ferdinand and Upson in central defense. England seemed uncomfortable at first, probably they were low of confidence, and they were booed by the fans. But no sooner had the boos started, the impressive Joe Cole burst down the left and crossed for Jenas to score the opener. England grew confident after that and the Joe Cole and Rooney were combining well to create chances.
The big question in everyone’s mind was whether David Beckham will win his 100th cap for England in Capello’s first game in charge. But that is not going to be case now. Capello has already announced the England squad and there is no room for Beckham right now. According to him, Beckham doesn’t have enough match practice and he is right. The decision clearly shows that we are going to see such similar bold decisions by Capello in the future. He is not the one who can be pressurized by media. His record at Real Madrid clearly showed that he can make big decisions and even change them when he needs to. So clearly Beckham will have a role in the England team in the future, but it does give a chance to Wright Phillips and Ashley Young to stamp there place in the team. Wright Phillips has been performing well for Chelsea and Young is a very exciting potential for the future. We even cant rule out David Bentley for that position too. Aaron Lennon is also an exciting prospect but I guess he will have to wait.