Fabio Capello’s England got off to a bright start in their new guise, with a mixture of fresh faces providing a positive display in Denmark last night.

England beat the Danes 2-1 thanks to goals from Darren Bent and Ashley Young, and kick away the cobwebs generated by their truly awful World Cup campaign. Capello said yesterday that Arsenal youngster Jack Wilshire would play a key role in the future of this England side, and the 19-year-old didn’t disappoint the Italian.

‘I was happy with the performance and with the result,’ he said. ‘Darren Bent scored a goal and had another two chances to score a second. But he was always in a good position to score.

‘And, of course, Jack played well. It was not easy for him in the first half because Denmark pressed and ran a lot but he played with a lot of confidence. I'm happy with his display. We'll have to wait and see over the next month. He has to play some really important games, not only in the Premier League but also in the Champions League. But I'll make a decision nearer the time.

‘He is a new player, like Andy Carroll is a new player. Theo (Walcott) is back, (Scott) Parker played well and the goalkeeper Joe Hart did really well with two important saves. I've watched three or four Aston Villa games recently and I like the position Ashley Young is playing, centrally. He's really good there because he's free. He can run where he wants and is fast and technically good, so he can be dangerous. He's strong with his dribbling, his shooting and his passing – a good player.’

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