It was Capello's introduction of Defoe at half-time that served as a catalyst for a change in England's fortunes, and the Italian praised the Tottenham striker's contribution.
Defoe, who came on for Emile Heskey at the break, scored four minutes into the second half before grabbing the equaliser 13 minutes from time.
"He is one of the best English forwards," said Capello.
"He is very fast, he is always in front of the goal and technically he is very good."
Meanwhile, England's hero of the night was thoroughly pleased with his night's work.
"I think it was my best game for England," he said.
"Our performance was good and I think that's what the manager was looking for.
"In the first half I thought we were a bit unlucky with the goals we conceded - it's pre-season for a lot of the lads, but the second half was a lot better, we showed good spirit and we deserved the result."
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