Sven hints at change

02 June 2006 04:30
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has hinted that he will use a different formation for Saturday's friendly international against Jamaica. It is widely believed that the Swede will revert to a 4-4-2 formation for the game after experimenting with Steven Gerrard in attack and Jamie Carragher in midfield for Tuesday's 3-1 victory against Hungary. Peter Crouch is likely to partner Michael Owen up front with either Carragher or Owen Hargreaves replacing the injured Gary Neville at right-back. "We will play a little bit different tomorrow from Tuesday," confirmed Eriksson. "Gary Neville has a small problem with one leg so the doctor, together with me, took the decision to take him out of training. He will be OK on Monday, no problem. "I don't want to talk about formations - but it will be maybe different from the last game. In those friendly games (against Hungary and Jamaica) we are going to try two different ways of playing, which we are going to use during the World Cup." Meanwhile, Eriksson is pleased with Wayne Rooney's progress in his recovery from his metatarsal injury. The Manchester United striker was able to kick a ball with both feet during training on Friday morning, and Eriksson added: "I'll have the report (on Rooney) later on. If he kicked balls earlier on then I'm pleased. I'm very happy. "I think we'll have to wait until Wednesday, June 7 to see if he makes the game (against Paraguay). From today he'll practice with us, with our physios. "He's been working, really, really hard to do everything possible. He's not put on any weight, which is very good."

Source: ESA