Capello faces selection quandary

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England are preparing for their Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland on Saturday. Fabio Capello's side are unbeaten and top of Group G.

Capello has a fit first-choice defence to chose from, while Scott Parker, Jack Wilshere and Frank Lampard are expected to feature in midfield.

The trio impressed in England's previous qualifier against Wales. With Wayne Rooney suspended, Darren Bent will lead the line after getting over his World Cup omission.

He said: "I was really disappointed when the squad was announced. I remember sitting by the phone all morning and it was a really disappointing day for me.

"I tried to put it out of my mind and get on with it. Obviously it took a lot longer than I thought it was going to take.

"But at the same time, you just want to keep playing well and hopefully not miss another major tournament.

"I went away to America on holiday and watched all the games over there as a fan and wanted them to do well.

"Since the World Cup, and when Fabio didn't pick me, he has played me virtually everytime I've been fit.

"I've managed to reward him with goals and hopefully there will be a few more for me.

"The goal against Switzerland gave me massive confidence.

"It felt like a big weight had been lifted off my shoulders because as a striker and a goalscorer you always want to score goals.

"I had a few caps and had not got any goals and you start to think 'when is the first one coming' but I was fortunate to get in the right place at the right time again and stuck it away."

Sepp Blatter is on the verge of a fourth term as FIFA president, despite recent corruption allegations surrounding the organisation.

Wayne Rooney has led the tributes to Paul Scholes after the Manchester United midfielder announced his retirement yesterday.

Rooney hailed Scholes as 'the best player I've ever played with,' adding,' everyone will be sad to see him stop. He will be greatly missed.'

Guus Hiddink has hinted he is ready to return to club management, with the Dutchman strongly linked with a move to Chelsea.

Arsene Wenger is confident Cesc Fabregas will stay at Arsenal. Wenger also dismissed speculation surrounding Samir Nasri.

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