Roy Hodgson believes England coach Fabio Capello will have been an interested spectator as Andy Johnson inspired Fulham to a 2-1 victory over Newcastle.

The Cottagers leapt up to 10th in the Barclays Premier League after Johnson fired the opener and won the penalty for Danny Murphy’s 66th-minute winner.

Capello was watching from the stands and Hodgson believes his £10.5million summer signing from Everton will have caught the Italian’s eye.

“Andy’s a wonderful finisher. That first goal started fortuitously but he dispatched it so quickly with his left foot, which isn’t his favourite,” the Fulham boss said.

“It was a sharp piece of moving for the penalty, provoking the defender to try and win the ball.

“That penalty won us the game and we have to be delighted with him. That’s his second man-of-the-match performance.

“I’m always pleased to see Fabio here. Front players who can score goals will always be on the tip of a national team manager’s tongue.

“If Andy wants to force his way into Fabio’s thinking, he will have to do what he’s done in the last two games over the next few matches.

“If I was the national team manager, I’d be making a little note saying ‘this looks interesting, let’s keep an eye on the situation’.”