Fabio: Players must be first to know

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England boss Fabio Capello will reveal his final squad of 23 for South Africa in a group meeting with his World Cup hopefuls.

The preliminary squad of 30 will have a week training in Austria leading up to the May 30 friendly against Japan and Capello will have his final selection made by the time that game kicks off.

Capello was quoted as saying in The Mail On Sunday: "Before the last game we play with Japan we have to decide. There will be a meeting with all the players. I will speak with them together and say, 'Thank you very much but I have to choose'. It's not the best moment for me. I would like all the players to be with me. They are very good players."

He added: "I hope to take 30 players to Austria but these are difficult moments, with the FA Cup final and the Champions League final at the same time.

"At the moment I have 30 players in my mind, the last one was the centre-back Ryan Shawcross, as you know. These are the players from which I will choose the 23.

"It will be during one meeting and after that we will speak to the media. I think it will be important for all the players to know my decision at once."

The squads for the last two World Cups were announced publicly by Sven-Goran Eriksson, with the players finding out whether or not they were included through the media.

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