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Capello upset by Gerrard setback

18 Nov 2010 - 07:42:56

England head coach Fabio Capello has defended his decision to keep Steven Gerrard on the pitch, after the Liverpool midfielder suffered a hamstring injury late on in the 2-1 defeat by France.

Capello had agreed to only utilise Gerrard for an hour, but was forced to change his plans after Gareth Barry picked up an ankle problem.

The Italian said after the game: "We spoke with Steven and he said he would play one hour, but after Gareth Barry's injury we had some problems.

"That was the reason he stayed on the pitch. If it's possible, the players will play the time we agreed with the club.

"But Barry was really injured so we needed someone senior on the pitch because it was a really young team. He said he was good. We're upset about what happened to Steven, of course.

"They (Liverpool) asked that he can play one hour if it's possible. They can't decide how long a player plays with the national team.

"If it's possible, he'd have played an hour. I understand why they're upset and I'm also upset.

"The problem is that, when you play this game on Wednesday after a lot of Premier League, Europa League or Champions League games, it's possible there might be an injury for a player."

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