Capello to rest stars for friendly

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Fabio Capello will not call on any of his Chelsea players, or David James, for Monday's friendly against Mexico at Wembley.

The double winners supply four of England's 30-man provisional World Cup squad, with Joe Cole in particular keen to impress as he tries to hold off Adam Johnson to claim a spot in the final 23.

However, as they only arrived at England's altitude training camp in Irdning on Wednesday evening after being given three days off following the FA Cup final last weekend, Capello does not think it would be right to include anyone from that Wembley encounter for the Three Lions' final outing on home soil before departure for South Africa.

"The Chelsea players and David James will not play against Mexico," confirmed Capello.

"I needed them to train and stay with us. I also needed to check their physical situation so these five players won't play."

As Cole's team-mates John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole are - fitness permitting - automatic members of Capello's first-choice starting line-up, there is bound to be an element of experimentation about Capello's team.

Mexico are also World Cup-bound, and Monday match does provide an opportunity to tinker with both formation and personnel.

"I will experiment against Mexico," he added.

"It is important to see how some of these perform on the pitch."

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