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Capello hints at Defoe start

08 Sep 2009 - 13:59:25

England head coach Fabio Capello has confirmed that he has already decided who will lead the line in the crunch World Cup qualifier against Croatia on Wednesday evening.

Jermain Defoe is widely expected to get the nod ahead of Emile Heskey, having scored five times in his last three outings for England, all of which have been as a substitute.

Capello told reporters: "More or less, I have decided in my mind.

"Heskey and Defoe are both really important for me, each has a different style, but are both really important.

"We will be playing at home and Croatia will play in a different style. We have to prepare for a different game.

"We have three finals to play now - Wednesday will be the first, after will be in Ukraine, then the last at home to Belarus.

"We have to win one or draw some. But the most important thing is to arrive first in the group to get to the World Cup.

"We are playing well at Wembley, have won all the games and play with confidence. I am sure that will be the same tomorrow."

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