Four miss England training

07 October 2008 12:33
Captain John Terry and three other members of Fabio Capello's squad sat out training on Tuesday ahead of England's World Cup qualifier with Kazakhstan on Saturday. Terry felt a twinge in his back during Chelsea's victory over Aston Villa last weekend and missed the training session at St Albans. Meanwhile, Terry's club-mate Ashley Cole, Manchester United defender Wes Brown and Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing also took no part in the session and were restricted to fitness work in the gym. However, all four are expected to take a full part in training on Wednesday ahead of Saturday's qualifier at Wembley and next week's trip to Belarus. Meanwhile, reports claim Capello is set to hand Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard one final opportunity to prove they can play together at the heart of midfield. The Italian coach has employed a holding midfielder in recent games with either Gerrard or Lampard starting, but is set to revert to a line-up which was largely unsuccessful and widely criticised under former managers Sven-Goran Eriksson and Steve McClaren. Elsewhere, Theo Walcott is expected to retain his place on the right side of midfield following his hat-trick and man-of-the-match performance in last month's 4-1 qualifying victory over Croatia in Zagreb. "There has been steady improvement in every game since we played Switzerland back in February and we are gradually seeing the players' confidence return," said Capello this week. "In Zagreb, I felt everyone performed for England to the high standard that they regularly perform for their clubs and this is what we must achieve consistently. "However, we must not get carried away with the performance against Croatia. It was one win. It was a positive step forward, but there is still a long way to go in the group."

Source: ESA