Manager believes his new midfielder can make the national squad again after the departure of the current coach, insisting that if he was boss, he would have picked the player
The Italian has branded the former Manchester City and Newcastle United midfielder as "too dangerous" to pick for England, but his club manager reckons the 29-year-old will be more than a one-cap wonder for the Three Lions.
"If Joey’s good enough he will get in the England team, and Capello won’t be here in 12 months so that won’t be a problem," Warnock is quoted as saying by The Sunday Mirror.
"He can play for any of the top teams in the country. If I were the England manager he would probably be playing.
"But Capello is the manager and he picks his players. Every manager has their own way.
"It’s dangerous when you start saying things like that. I don’t think he [Capello] has grasped the language yet. I don’t think he means what he said.
"Yes, Joey will flare up every now and again, but that’s the nature of all of us, we all have our moments. He has been a revelation since he’s been here.
"Without his problems there is no way we’d have got him. Now the problems are all mine.
"But I’m not bothered – I’ve seen it all and done it all."
England now need only a point against Montenegro to book their place in the Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine.