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England v Ghana: Big Match preview

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ENGLAND v GHANA
Venue: Wembley
Date: Tuesday 29 March
Kick-off: 2000 BST


LIVE TEAM SHEET

ENGLAND: 1 Joe Hart, 2 Glen Johnson, 3 Leighton Baines, 4 Gareth Barry (C), 5 Gary Cahill, 6 Phil Jagielka, 7 James Milner, 8 Jack Wilshere, 9 Andy Carroll, 10 Ashley Young 11, Stewart Downing.

Substitutes 12 Robert Green, 13 Joleon Lescott, 14 Scott Parker, 15 Matt Jarvis, 16 Danny Welbeck, 17 Jermain Defoe, 18 Peter Crouch, 19 Darren Bent, 20 Scott Carson

GHANA: Richard Kingson, John Paintsil, Lee Addy, Isaac Vorsah, John Mensah, Anthony Annan, Agyemang Badu, Dominic Adiyiah, Sulley Muntari, Asamoah Gyan and Kwadwo Asamoah.

Substitutes: Ernest Sowah, Samuel Inkoom, Jonathan Mensah, David Addy, Andre Ayew, Daniel Opare, Bernard Kumordzi, Derek Boateng, Prince Tagoe, Nathaniel Asamoah, Emmanuel Clottey, Sammy Adjei.



Experimental England still expects



England boss Fabio Capello expects his Three Lions to find a way past Ghana tonight, despite allowing five key players to leave the squad early.

The British media have been quick to criticise the Italian manager for allowing those involved in Champions League football and who played against Wales to leave, but Capello is keen to keep a good relationship with their club managers.

Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka come into the squad, with Andy Carroll leading the line and Gareth Barry taking the captain's armband.


 

"It will be interesting for the fans to see some players they don't know very well, and it will be interesting for me too," Capello told the press ahead of the match.

"It's really important for the players to understand the spirit of the game, and I hope we see this on the pitch."

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