England beat Germany 2-1 in Berlin last night bringing a perfect end to Fabio Capello's first year in charge. The win comes almost a year to the day after Croatia ended England's hopes of taking part in Euro 2008.
The stuttering and lacklustre performances which characterised the McClaren era have been replaced by a new confidence and precision. The players don't seem afraid to play in an England shirt any more.
Last night's match in Berlin was no different. A second string England side made Germany look ordinary for large periods of the game. John Terry scored a goal in each half to secure the win for Capello's fourth successive win in a row.
The only blot on the copybook from last night's game was Darren Bent missing an open goal after rounding the keeper and then the comical mix up between Terry and Carson at the back to let Hermes score into an empty net. But where England may have folded at that point in the past, last night they hit back to make sure of the win.