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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Apr 16, 2008

Capello wants Rooney to delevop cool edge

England manager Fabio Capello has urged Wayne Rooney to relax his 'obsession with scoring' if he is to become a prolific marksman for his country.

Capello is a huge admirer of the Manchester United star and has tipped him to eventually become England captain.

But the Italian believes the one area Rooney has to improve is his finishing power and he will attempt to help him to keep cool in front of goal.

Capello said: 'I have spoken to Rooney and technically he is very strong and good. What he needs to do is be more relaxed in front of goal.

'He has not got to have this obsession with scoring. It depends how relaxed and confident you are in front of goal.

'You can coach a player to be more relaxed by constant exercise in training until he is confident enough. A lot of training in front of the goal can help.

'He will improve year on year and he will score more goals. He is very young.

'It is true he is not scoring at the moment but he has chances and that is important. When a player has chances, sooner or later he is going to break the duck and start scoring and become a goalscorer.'

Capello added: 'Will Rooney become a great goalscorer? I have seen a few players who look like they are never going to become goalscorers and then at the age of 26-27 they started scoring goals.

'You had Paolo Pulici in the 1970s, Christian Vieri and, most latterly, Hernan Crespo. He went to Italy and scored a lot of goals with Parma.'

Capello, in Lesotho to help promote the Football Association's development of football in Africa at grass roots level ahead of the 2010 World Cup, has seen enough to suggest Rooney could eventually wear the captain's armband for his country.

He said: 'I am undecided who will be captain for the next game, and Wayne Rooney is very young, but I believe in the future he could be captain of England one day.

'What are his qualities for the role? He is a leader, he is a good example on the pitch. Like I said, he is very young so we need to give him a bit more time to get some more experience and mature a bit.

'He is the most talented young English player and the good thing is he has still got a big margin of improvement ahead of him.'

Capello also made it clear any player not committed to being part of his squad for the summer friendlies with the United States and Trinidad and Tobago can forget about being part of his future plans.

He said: 'If a player doesn't love to play for England then perhaps he should stay at home. Players must love the England shirt and that is all there is to it.

'If someone doesn't want to come and play for England, it means they don't love the England shirt enough. Obviously, they must prefer to go on holiday.'