Capello guarded over team selection
Published : 18 Jun 2010 08:38:43
Fabio Capello insists he will forget all about Robert Green's woeful World Cup blunder when he selects his goalkeeper for tonight's showdown with Algeria.
Once again Capello does not intend to tell his players which of them have been selected until a couple of hours before kick-off. That means Green will not find out whether he is going to keep his place despite the calamitous error that cost England victory against the United States, or lose it to David James.
But Capello insists he will not make the call on the basis of a single incident. "I have to choose the value of different players, not just think about their mistakes."
Again it leaves Capello open to the claim he is causing unnecessary doubt by delaying his announcement.
The Italian robustly defended his decision though, insisting his early days in management taught him not to make major calls too quickly.
"In my first year in management, I would tell the players if they were playing on the day before," recalled Capello, who celebrates his 64th birthday today.
"I would speak with them after dinner. But three times someone got injured and then it was difficult to get the other player ready to play. So I stopped. I have not done it since."
There were contradictory clues in last night's final training session as Green did more work in the team section, but James and Joe Hart kept goal behind John Terry and Jamie Carragher, who seem certain to start in central defence. More certainty can be attached to the likelihood of Emile Heskey partnering Wayne Rooney in attack for a game England should win, but Capello will take nothing for granted.
"I respect the Algeria," said the England boss. "They have scored a lot from counter-attacks and set-pieces and I have learned a lot about them.
"It would be a big mistake to think this game will be easy."