World Cup 2010: Fabio Capello calls up Stephen Warnock and Leighton Baines at left-back

26 February 2010 08:29
With Ashley Cole injured and Wayne Bridge refusing to play, Capello urgently needs a new left-back. Baines, an attacking full-back, has been in fine form for Everton and has already been in two of Capello's squads without being used.

Warnock, who is better defensively, has been capped once, replacing Bridge in the 2008 friendly with Trinidad and Tobago. Warnock's Aston Villa club-mate, James Milner, who can also play left-back, will be in the squad named this weekend but Capello sees him in a more attacking role.

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The Italian has yet to decide whether to start with Hart or the recalled, fit-again, David James but is likely to use the Birmingham City goalkeeper at some stage.

Hart along with Manchester United's Ben Foster whose star has waned was marked out by Capello as a potential inclusion for the World Cup squad soon after the England manager took over although he has so far made only one appearance.

Walcott's inclusion is expected because of his return to form at Arsenal after an indifferent period following his recovery from injury and because Aaron Lennon remains unfit. Walcott, who adds pace to the team, has not played for England since last summer.

Rio Ferdinand's back problem means that Steven Gerrard will captain England with Frank Lampard expected to take on the role of vice-captain for the fixture ahead of Wayne Rooney. John Terry will play in central defence.

Source: Telegraph

World Cup Group G

Belgium 1 0 0 3 3
England 1 0 0 1 3
Tunisa 0 0 1 -1 0
Panama 0 0 1 -3 0
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