However the Italian manager would have discovered very little about his depleted England team, who succumbed to yet another bout of hesitation at the back as they were beaten 1-0 by Brazil in Doha.
A beautifully directed header by Nilmar just 90 seconds after half-time sealed the win for DungaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s side, who also saw Luis Fabiano sky a penalty after yet more deliberation in the England defence.
Wes Brown, who was certainly at fault for the 56th minute penalty award which saw Nilmar ghost in behind the defender and be eventually caught by Ben Foster, has done nothing to assure the manager that he can ably step in at full-back ahead of Glen Johnson.
In the final third things hardly improved as England looked totally devoid of ideas, frustratingly lacking a final ball when they did carve out any half chances, with Shaun Wright-Phillips and James Milner the worst offenders.
It was Milner in fact, who had EnglandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best chance of the match, when he careered a volley over the bar after Wright-Phillips eventually found an England player from one of his more effective crosses.
The likes of Aaron Lennon and Theo Walcott will be licking their lips after seeing a poor performance from both of EnglandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wing-wizards and a repeat showing from either of these players in an England shirt will all but end their chances of making the plane to South Africa.
You do have to however feel sorry for the partners of Wayne Rooney Ã¢â‚¬â€ Darren Bent and Jermain Defoe Ã¢â‚¬â€ who saw a lack of service affect their ability to impress in the humidity of Qatar.
The Sunderland man, who is playing catch-up in trying to make the squad for next summer, will be more hurt by his performance than Defoe, who knows his two-goal salvo in Holland will linger in the mind of Capello when he chooses the final 23.
Elsewhere itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s difficult to find many more positives from EnglandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s performance on Saturday. Wayne RooneyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s guile and effort was very much in vein, Gareth BarryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s passing was unusually inept and Jermaine Jenas will come away from his showing thinking heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll need yet another injury-stricken squad to find himself in an England team.
It was slightly disjointed from Brazil as well however Ã¢â‚¬â€ there was none of the free flowing football that weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve come to expect. But with more steel and a higher intensity off the ball, much of EnglandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s failure in the final third was down to the pressure on the ball from both Gilberto Silva and Filipe Melo Ã¢â‚¬â€ an added string to the Brazilian bow.
But Brazil showed the perfect trait of any top quality side though, and that was to capitalise upon their opponentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s shortcomings Ã¢â‚¬â€ something that can go a long way in a major tournament.
One positive aspect for England though was that they kept Brazil down to just a one-goal win, with just two players who could boast to being first choice in CapelloÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s team starting the game. And youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d have to think both teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s performances would have been different had England been able to call upon their star-turns.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a slim but important point to take from this latest friendly, and until March the playerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s league form will have to do the talking.
But after the heat of Doha, that alone may not be enough to seal their place in South Africa.
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