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By Alan Dawson

ITV pundit Steve Bruce's decision to award David Beckham the man of the match award for his display against Belarus has been reportedly rubbished by England manager Fabio Capello, who compared it to American president Barack Obama becoming the latest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize after just eight months in office.

Beckham, a former England captain, received the biggest cheer of the night as he stripped down into his Three Lions kit by the touchline ready to be introduced to the game in the second half, and made a near instant impact as he set up Shaun Wright-Phillips for the second of three goals on Wednesday evening.

Peter Crouch struck twice while Belarus failed to penetrate the home side's net, and Capello is reported to have told journalists after the game that he "was a bit surprised" to hear of Beckham claiming the champagne.

"I just thought it was like Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize after eight months as president," he allegedly said. "He gets the man of the match after 30 minutes here!"

Regarding the nature of the team performance, Capello told ITV: "Somethings were good, somethings not so good. I spoke with the players after the first half to get better in the second. I was not happy as we had to wait too many times to win back the ball and this is a problem."

When probed as to what positives he could take from the 3-0 victory, the England team's last competitive game prior to the World Cup finals in South Africa next summer, Capello responded: "The victory was good! We won! Some players played well [but] I don't like to speak too much about individuals, rather the team."

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