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Capello knows his England team

10 Jun 2010 - 13:36:13

England boss Fabio Capello already knows his starting XI for Saturday's World Cup opener against the United States in Rustenburg.

Capello was believed to be still considering which of his 23-man squad to play in a couple of key positions in the Group C curtain-raiser.

Which of his three goalkeepers in David James, Joe Hart or Rob Green should start the tournament as number one, who could partner John Terry in the centre of defence following the injury to Rio Ferdinand, whether to rush Gareth Barry back from injury to start in defence and who should play alongside Wayne Rooney up front were all believed to be selection issues.

However, the Italian coach has revealed he already knows the make-up of his first starting line-up, subject to nobody picking up injuries during the final few training sessions.

Asked whether he knew which goalkeeper would start against the US, Capello replied: "Yes, I've decided, I know.

"I know the 11 that will play Saturday and I hope the next two days, during the training, all the players will be fit."

Meanwhile, Capello claims he is in relaxed mood ahead of the tournament despite snapping at photographers before a training session at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Complex base on Wednesday morning.

"I'm relaxed," he added. "I can understand the pressure because in every moment we walk around you can see the security, the journalists, you can see when you move to golf, to safari, you need to police a lot of this.

"I understand that this is a really, really important moment for the country."


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