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The England coach give thanks to Fergie and Rafa for their parts in developing the likes of Gerrard and Rooney...

England coach Fabio Capello has thanked Sir Alex Ferguson and Rafael Benitez for the way they have developed Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard, after the two impressed in England's friendly against Slovakia.

Rooney was named man-of-the-match, as the Three Lions thrashed Slovakia 4-0 at Wembley yesterday, while Gerrard provided an excellent contribution to the England cause.

The Italian coach was clearly impressed with the teamwork of both players and felt they linked up very well during the course of the game.

After years of confusing formations and poor performances, Capello seems to be potentially solving one of England's biggest problems, namely accommodating their biggest stars.

Speaking to Setanta Sports, Capello said, "I always said the important players, the big players, can play together. You just have to find their position on the pitch.

"It is not really down to me. I am manager of England but when I choose the players it is because they have done very well at their clubs.

"It is the managers of Manchester United and Liverpool who have been the most important."

Capello and his men must now concentrate on their World Cup qualifier against Ukraine on Wednesday night, where a win could potentially see them go a massive eight points clear at the top of the Group 6 table.

Nick Turner, Goal.com

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