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Terry: Fab faces selection poser

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England skipper John Terry expects Fabio Capello to be given a selection headache ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Croatia next month.

Capello's first-choice team picks itself but there are clutch of players giving the England boss options, with Jermain Defoe catching the eye with two goals against Holland this week and Carlton Cole also playing well in Amsterdam. Next is a friendly against Slovenia on September 5, then the Croatia clash four days later that could see England edge closer to South Africa.

"These friendlies are massively important for those guys on the bench," Terry said. "It's a chance to come on and show what they can do."

The Chelsea defender added: "When Carlton Cole is like he was against Holland, he's unplayable. Jermain had his goals and his movement. James Milner did really well and so did Michael Carrick.

"It gives the manager a lot of food for thought and problems for the next game. That is why the guys are there in the squad, to give us great strength in depth."

Terry feels strides have been made since losing to European champions Spain in February, illustrated by coming back from two goals down at Amsterdam ArenA.

"I think there is progress," Terry said. "To come 2-0 down as well against such a strong side. We're a bit disappointed that we didn't go onto win the game because we had a couple more chances.

"Overall we are happy with the draw after conceding two sloppy goals. We walk away happy and sometimes you learn more from the mistakes than if you go somewhere and win 2-0."

Defoe shone against the Dutch and Terry feels the Tottenham striker will be determined to make up for the disappointment of just missing the 2006 World Cup.

"It must have been very disappointing for him personally and he has another chance now with the campaign coming up," he said. "If we get there he could be right in the frame, especially with his work against Holland. In training before the game we did finishing and, honestly, he was unbelievable. He is one of the best natural finishers I've come across. He's so sharp in and around the box as well."

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Tottenham Hotspur
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