Bruce backing prospects

16 July 2010 10:38
STEVE BRUCE has urged England boss Fabio Capello to consider blooding a couple of Sunderland's rising stars as part of his expected England reshuffle.[LNB] With Capello facing growing demands to freshen up his squad following a dismal World Cup campaign Bruce reckons the Italian should look no further than Jordan Henderson and Lee Cattermole.[LNB] Bruce revealed that Capello is already a big admirer of Sunderland-born Henderson after personally checking on the youngster's progress last season.[LNB] Henderson's breakthrough was one of the highpoints of Sunderland's campaign and if he continues progressing at the current rate Bruce tips his young player of the season to make a similar impact at international level.[LNB] Lorik Cana's departure to Galatasaray has handed Cattermole a chance to establish his credentials with Bruce admitting the Teessider is a contender to become captain.[LNB] Reflecting on the Three Lions' flat showing in South Africa, Bruce believes there is plenty of room for improvement and questioned some of Capello's methods.[LNB] He said: Jesus, they (Henderson and Cattermole) couldn't do any worse that that lot dear oh dear. We struggled past Slovenia who wouldn't get in the second division over here.[LNB] Maybe were are not as good we think we are. Mexico played us off the park before the World Cup and Japan almost beat us.[LNB] All of a sudden having two defensive midfielders is a very popular thing. All the top teams play two defensive midfielders and four who just do what they want, basically.[LNB] Jordan's got a chance, possibly.[LNB] I know Capello likes him, he really, really likes him. Do we think he'll radically change it though[LNB] If the team don't know who's playing until two hours before kick-off how do they do any organisation'' In the meantime Bruce is close to agreeing a season's loan deal for Manchester United striker Danny Wellbeck while Daryl Murphy is poised to finalise a move to Celtic and is set to link up with them in America.[LNB]

Source: Northern_Echo