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Fabio Capello has admitted that his only selection dilemma ahead of Sunday's clash with Germany is who will partner captain John Terry.

The England coach revealed all 23 players are available for the last-16 match at Bloemfontein, including fit-again Ledley King. The Tottenham player featured in the opening Group C draw against the United States but picked up a groin injury which meant Matthew Upson and Jamie Carragher have both figured since.

However, King has now recovered and trained with the remainder of the England squad on Saturday and Capello said: "He was training normally with the other players. I'm really happy."

He added: "I will have to decide the player who plays with John Terry. Upson, Carragher and King have played well but I have to choose."

Asked by BBC Radio Five Live's Mike Ingham if that was the only selection decision he has to make, Capello said: "More or less."

Capello brushed off Franz Beckenbauer's comment that England could pay for not topping their group, unlike Joachim Low's side. The German legend suggested the Three Lions had been "stupid" for finishing behind the United States, whose next opponents were Ghana.

And Capello said: "I respect Beckenbauer, he's a friend of mine...the pressure is really big here in the World Cup.

"All the teams want to finish first but sometimes you can't. I'm happy now because we have found the spirit and physically the situation is really, really good. All the players are fit. All 23 trained.

"It's normal for England players to be tired at the end of the season because they played a lot of games. Not like in Germany in Bundesliga when they are always fresh when they arrive at the World Cup because there is a winter break in the Bundesliga.

"There are different moments. When you play the first two games it's really, really difficult because you are looking at the table and points, thinking 'what will happen if we win or lose?'To play-off is better. There is normal pressure now."

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