England release Terry, Lampard, Cole, Rooney and Dawson ahead of Ghana friendly

27 March 2011 02:00

Fabio Capello needs to find himself a new England captain after it was confirmed he has allowed five members of Saturday's starting line-up for the 2-0 win over Wales to return to their clubs.

In an effort to find favour with Carlo Ancelotti, Sir Alex Ferguson and Harry Redknapp, Capello has decided none of the players who featured at the Millennium Stadium and are due to be in Champions League action next month, will be required for Tuesday's friendly with Ghana.

It means John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole will return to Chelsea, Wayne Rooney heads back to Manchester United and Michael Dawson links up with Tottenham once more.

Spurs team-mates Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon will stay, although none of that trio played any part at the Millennium Stadium.

In addition, Aston Villa full-back Kyle Walker has been ruled out by a groin injury.

With his captain and vice-captain no longer available, Capello must decide who will wear the armband for England's first international match with Ghana.

As Capello has suggested he intends to change his entire starting line-up, Gareth Barry will be the strong favourite, having been one of those who wore the armband in Denmark last month, when the sight of it being passed around saddened Capello so much he resolved to hand it back to Terry.

Barry also did the job for the second-half a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago in 2008.

Source: PA