England v Brazil – Capello Names Squad For Friendly

9th November 2009 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
Football World Cup News

Brazil v England
Qatar, Doha
Saturday, 14 November
Kick-off: 1700 GMT

The list of injury absentees for Fabio Capello ahead of the England v Brazil match on November 14th in Qatar, is growing. Chelsea’s full back Ashley Cole, who played through Sunday’s 1-0 win over Manchester United with a pain-killing injection, is likely to be missing from club and country for a few weeks with a depressed fracture of the tibia. That will leave a depressed fracture in Chelsea’s back four, as Cole has consistently been one of their best performers. The full back is the model of consistency and quiet professionalism, both for Chelsea and England. His will be a big absence, and ahead of the friendly, Capello has already warned players that they will not make the World Cup squad unless they are 100% fit.

That statement was likely fuelled by the condition of Rio Ferdinand, who’s best form seems to have come in the treatment room this season. He has only appeared in a handful of games for his club, drawing a lot of criticism over his form. It seems as if not even the stars of the squad will catch a break with the Manager, as Capello said that unless Rio Ferdinand gets games under his belt before the World Cup squad is announced, then there will be no place for him. England are not particularly strong at cover for the centre half position, and there will be many patriotic fingers crossed hoping that Ferdinand gets healthy and gets back to form. The same "get fit or get out " criteria is also applying to Ledley King and experienced keeper David James, who are both struggling to maintain full fitness.

Cole’s injruy will leave a gap at full back, probably for ex-team mate Wayne Bridge, who now plies his trade at Manchester City, to come in and fill the role. David Beckham has also dropped out of the squad, after getting a lower back injury in the MLS Western Conference Semi final on the weekend. It’s not good news for England boss Fabio Capello, with Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard, Aaron Lennon and West Ham’s Carlton Cole all injured. Capello would have liked to have fielded his strongest side in the friendly against Brazil, at least for the first half, to gauge how his troops are shaping up alongside one of the World Cup 2010 favourites.

On the positive side of things, Capello has called up Sunderland striker Darren Bent, after his goal scoring heroics this season. Another casualty has been Emile Heskey, so that has opened the door for the in form Bent. Bent has only one cap so far, which was earned in a match against Germany last year. Other inclusions aside from the main core, are Stephen Warnock from Aston Villa and the commentators tongue-twister of Tottenham’s Tom Huddlestone. Manchester United’s Michael Owen seems to be nothing more than an outside bet to make it to South Africa 2010.

There is only one more friendly to come after this, before Capello gets down to business by naming his provisional World Cup 2010 squad. With his statement over players who are not 100% fit, Liverpool had better start wrapping up Steven Gerrard in cotton wool. The midfield dynamo is not in the squad, having only just made a hurried comeback from injury on Monday night, coming on at half time to spur his team-mates who were trailing 2-1 at home to Birmingham. Gerrard netted a penalty to salvage a point for the under-fire Reds. Rushing the great man, if not fully fit from his groin injury, could cause serious problems, if he aggravates it, simply to try and salvage Liverpool’s season.

England v Brazil Match Odds
Brazil – 13/10 at Boylesports
Draw: 9/4 at Bet365
England – 9/4 at SportingBet

England squad to face Brazil: Goalkeepers: Ben Foster, Robert Green, Joe Hart. Defenders: Wayne Bridge, Wes Brown, Gary Cahill, Glen Johnson, Joleon Lescott, John Terry, Matthew Upson, Stephen Warnock. Midfielders: Gareth Barry, Michael Carrick, Tom Huddlestone, Jermaine Jenas, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Ashley Young. Strikers: Darren Bent, Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney


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