Capello feels that England have finally shown what they can do
England manager Fabio Capello said the secret to the 4-1 win against Croatia in Zagreb was that his side played with "confidence and courage".
He saw Theo Walcott, 19, become the youngest player to hit a hat-trick for England as they inflicted a first competitive defeat on Croatia at home.
"We played with confidence and no fear from the first minute," said Capello.
"The players played like they do in training - technically well and with courage. This is the start."
The Italian singled out Arsenal winger Walcott, who set England on their way with his first international goal - and later added another two to cap a superb individual display.
"I decided to put Theo into the first XI because I saw the game against Andorra at the weekend and also how he was in training - and at this moment he is fantastic psychologically and physically," added Capello.
"He is young and so dangerous for defenders. He is one of the most important young players in England. At this moment, he is difficult to contain.
"I hope he doesn't get any injuries because he is so fast and so dangerous.
"Of course, he is a young player and I said after the Andorra game that he will play fantastic games - but also that he will not play the same level in all of the games.
"When he plays like against Croatia, it is fantastic, but when he plays not so good, we have to support him. This is very important."
And Capello's assessment of Walcott was echoed by Croatia coach Slaven Bilic.
"He is lightning quick and a great finisher," stated Bilic. "He scored two goals from not so easy positions, he just hit the corner.
"It is hard to mark him. That is why he is an England international and why he is at Arsenal."
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