As Rooney's dismissal in the 2-2 draw with Montenegro diverted attention away from qualification for Euro 2012, it is hardly surprising analysis of Phil Jones' debut was restricted.
However, despite being selected out of position at right-back, the 19-year-old adapted so well Capello was moved to declare the teenager was "born" to be involved in such occasions.
Whether it was his first-minute overlapping run that nearly brought England a freak opener, bellowing instructions at Theo Walcott or remonstrating with Dejan Damjanovic over a perceived dive that might actually have been a penalty, Jones showed a maturity way beyond his years.
Of course, he was not perfect. But amid the muck and nettles of a difficult second-half, that is only to be expected.
And from Capello's analysis, it can simply be declared Jones is here to stay.
"Phil Jones is born to this," he said. "He is like Jack Wilshere.
"Talent is talent. You can't create it. You are born with it."
The question now appears to be not so much whether Jones is going to be afforded a place in Capello's 23-man squad next summer, more where the Italian sees him best fitting in.
Nominally at least, Glen Johnson is still first-choice right-back.
However, first Chris Smalling, now Jones are providing meaningful competition, and that is without including Kyle Walker and Micah Richards, who admittedly does not appear to be a Capello favourite.
Jones can clearly operate as a defensive midfielder, and did so with distinction at times for Blackburn last season.
Central defence is where he is happiest though, which for club and country poses a major problem for Rio Ferdinand, whose appearance record has been average at best for three seasons now.
And with friendlies against Spain and Holland looming over the next few months, Capello is anxious to see whether Jones can retain his composure in his favoured role when attempting to subdue the very best.
"People only want to speak about Rooney but, oh, guys, Phil Jones is really good news for me," said Capello.
"He played really well, without fear, with personality, going forward, defending well.
"In the next games it will be interesting to see some things, whether Phil Jones can play central defence for example."