If there was a Footy Boots award for managers, Fabio Capello would have a pretty decent collection by now.
The Italian generally gets things to go his way and after a sticky 20 minutes against minnows Kazakhstan in Almaty on Saturday, his England side restored order and ran out winners 4 – 0 to make it 6 wins out of 6 in World Cup qualifying so far. That’s likely to be 7 from 7 by Wednesday with Andorra the visitors to Wembley for the next qualifying game.
Another goal, similar in quality and technique, from Wayne Rooney would doubtless delight the London crowd and show them close up why the Manchester United striker has won this week’s Footy Boots star prize.
Although some of the game didn’t run for him, as has been the case of late, Rooney was always busy and hugely energetic and it was his stunning overhead kick, perfectly showcasing his Nike Total 90 Laser II’s, that ended the game as a contest 18 minutes from time.
Before that, Gareth Barry had opened the scoring with Emile Heskey grabbing a second before the Aston Villa man earned the 78th minute penalty which was converted by Frank Lampard.
Four goals for England, 2 from adidas, 2 from Nike, another 3 points and yet another tick for Capello to add to his ever impressive CV.