Capello hails squad

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There are important players, and then there are really important players. But no-one is key to Fabio Capello's World Cup masterplan.

The Italian might be juggling words in a foreign tongue. However, the meaning is obvious. It does not matter whether you are talking about Emile Heskey's brute strength, the guile of Wayne Rooney, or even the problematic goalkeeping position. No-one is irreplaceable.

"The key player doesn't exist," said Capello. "We can see how important Emile Heskey is. And it is not just about England with Wayne Rooney, it is Manchester United as well. Some players are really important but there are no key players."

The desire for the collective is the reason why Capello has been in touch with every single player he has called up to an England squad since his first game against Switzerland 18 months ago and invited them to Wednesday's final World Cup qualifier against Belarus.

Some of the 55 invitations have gone to players who have no chance of going to South Africa next year, men like Peterborough goalkeeper Joe Lewis and Hull's midfielder Jimmy Bullard. Even Michael Owen has got one.

The point is this. England have achieved. And everyone has played their part.

"All the players who were with us, in friendlies and qualifiers, were important," said Capello.

"They were supporting us at every moment. They helped us to win every game to get to South Africa.

"I have not forgotten these players. Some of them were only here once but they were always in my mind and in my thoughts.

"We are grateful for what they have done for us. This is their reward."

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