England v Wales: Big Match preview

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England v Wales;
Euro 2012 Group G qualifier;
Wembley Stadium;
Tues, 6th Sep; 1945 KO

Live Team Sheet

England: Hart, Smalling, Terry, Cahill, Cole, Milner, Lampard, Barry, Downing, Young, Rooney.

Subs: Stockdale, Jagielka, Lescott, Parker, Carroll, Johnson, Defoe.

Wales: Hennessey, Gunter, Williams, Blake, Taylor, Bale, Crofts, Collison, Ramsey, Ledley, Morison.

Subs: Myhill, Danny Collins, James Collins, King, Allen, Robson-Kanu, Earnshaw.s.


England boss highlights Bale threat

England boss Fabio Capello has earmarked Gareth Bale as the man to stop when Wales visit Wembley tonight.

The Spurs star was absent from Gary Speed's side when the two sides met at the Millenium Stadium back in March, and the Red Dragon's missed their influential wide-man in a 2-0 defeat to the Three Lions.

However, Bale appeared back-to-form in Wales' surprise 2-1 victory over Montenegro on Friday night, and will again be the player his nation turns too to unlock the England door.

"Bale always makes a difference. He is a really, really, important player for Wales. We need to find a system to stop him and stop people passing to him," said Capello in his pre-match press conference.

"We need to be very careful every time he receives the ball. I have watched [Wales'] game against Montenegro and he played really well. He is a really good, important player.

"I watched the game he played when Spurs played against Man City and he was so-so. He was not at the top of his form, but in the game he played with Wales against Montenegro he had improved a lot.


"He ran a lot, was really fast. It will be a problem to stop him because it is difficult when he receives the ball and attacks the space. He's fast and technically he is fantastic. He can play left or right - a very good player."

Reflecting on the win against Bulgaria, Capello also hinted at a change in style from the side that won comfortably 3-0 in Sofia.

Despite paying credit to all the 11 starters involved in the victory, the Italian hasn't ruled out changes to his side, continuing the policy that no player is safe in the new-look England side.

"Probably we will change the style on Tuesday. I need to decide but probably I will change because we need to play differently at home," he continued.

"All the team played really well away. They found space and played on the counter-attack and attacked the space.

"We have really good technical players and with the space it is easier. We have got a lot of players ready to play all the games and I think the solution is to choose the best team, the best 11, for the particular job."

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