Lampard dropped for Bulgaria clash

02 September 2011 08:00

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard was dropped for England's Euro 2012 clash with Bulgaria here on Friday as manager Fabio Capello opted for a new-look midfield in the Group G qualifying game.

Lampard's omission was the biggest surprise with Capello preferring Scott Parker and Gareth Barry to anchor the middle.

It is the first time in four years that Lampard has been left out of England's starting line-up when fit and available.

Arsenal's Theo Walcott and Liverpool's Stewart Downing were named on the wings, while Manchester United duo Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young spearhead the attack as England chase a win which will see them edge closer to automatic qualification for next year's finals in Poland and Ukraine.

In central defence Capello opted for the more experienced Gary Cahill to partner captain John Terry, resisting the temptation to hand a debut to Manchester United's in-form teenager Phil Jones.

Manchester United's Chris Smalling slots in at right back with Chelsea's Ashley Cole patrolling the left flank and Joe Hart in goal.

Source: AFP