England vs Ghana: Key match-ups

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England's second string have the chance to consolidate their place in Fabio Capello's next squad as they take on last year's World Cup quarter-finalists Ghana.

With the likes of Wayne Rooney, John Terry and Frank Lampard all released for this friendly, Ghana will feel they can cause an upset at Wembley, where England haven't won for nearly seven months, and become the first country from Africa to beat England in international football.

Just 10 place separate the two countries in the FIFA world rankings, with England just ahead of Ghana's World Cup conquerers Uruguay, who the Black Stars outplayed for long periods in their Johannesburg quarter-final; proof that these two sides are more evenly matched than many would have you believe.


Phil Jagielka vs Asamoah Gyan

Perhaps unlucky to have been left out at the Millennium Stadium having started England's last qualifying game against Switzerland, Jagielka will be keen to prove his worth to Fabio Capello. Up against him is the combative Gyan, whose pace and direct style will worry the Everton defender. The 28-year-old will take solace from the fact he kept out the Ghanian when the two met in the league in February but he's in for a busy evening if his usually excellent positional sense is in any way lacking.

Gareth Barry vs Andre Ayew

Capello's fifth different captain in six games will be at the centre of attention at Wembley as he takes on a man tipped to join him in the Premier League this summer. Ayew is as strong as they come, and will ably fill the void left by Michael Essien, while his tackling ability and venomous shot will make him a threat at both ends of the pitch. The Manchester City midfielder will be able to hand over creative responsibility to Jack Wilshere to try and marshall Ayew and how he deals with the Marseille man's physical side will be key.

Andy Carroll vs Isaac Vorsah

With Ashley Young and James Milner expected to man the wings for England, Carroll will be licking his lips at the prospect of notching his first goal of 2011 in his first England start. But in Vorsah, he might have met his match. At 6ft 5in the 22-year-old has all the attributes to match the Liverpool forward stride for stride. The defender missed all but one game of the World Cup, returning for Ghana's defeat to Uruguay in the quarter-final and he'll be keen to make amends for his absence with a stirling showing against England's new rising star.


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