England sustain double blow

13 October 2008 05:59
England will be without both John Terry and Ashley Cole for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Belarus in Minsk. Captain Terry sat out the clash with Kazakhstan due to a back problem and has not recovered in time to face Belarus, while Ashley Cole suffered a hamstring problem during the 5-1 weekend Wembley victory. Left-back Cole had come in for some criticism after gifting Kazakhstan their goal at the weekend, although head coach Fabio Capello had defended the Chelsea man. He said: "The supporters have to understand these things are possible. When you play and work in sport, you can make mistakes. "If that happens, you have to support the team. It is not good to boo one player. When Ashley Cole had the ball they boo, I do not understand that." Cole's club and international colleague, Frank Lampard, had also spoken up in defence of the Chelsea ace. He added: "People make mistakes, from football players to everyone in life. Ashley has been faultless this season and has made one mistake. "There was some booing, but I think there was a reaction as well from people who tried to clap him and were trying to help him get over that." Meanwhile, Terry's continued absence means that Rio Ferdinand will again lead his country in midweek.

Source: ESA