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Rio misses England training

04 Sep 2008 - 08:50:34

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is coach Fabio Capello's only injury concern ahead of England's World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Croatia.

Ferdinand missed training on Wednesday ahead of Saturday's opening clash with Andorra with a stiff back.

Elsewhere, Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ashley Cole resumed training after the Chelsea trio all sat out Tuesday's session.

England captain Terry was troubled by a bug and Cole a slight knee problem, but even a dead leg suffered by Lampard looks to have healed in time to face Andorra in Barcelona's Olympic Stadium.

Meanwhile, Jermain Defoe is confident he can deliver with the Portsmouth striker expected to feature significantly in the double-header following Capello's decision to overlook Michael Owen.

Defoe has netted five times in his 29 international appearances to date.

"I accept there is more pressure on me to deliver," he said.

"As a professional, you want to play in massive games. It is what you dream about as a kid. You want to play for your country and play in massive tournaments.

"I am ready and really looking forward to the challenge."


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