Capello picks Jones over Ferdinand

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Fabio Capello has decided to omit two of his most experienced players for England's Euro 2012 clash with Montenegro on Friday.

The Italian has opted not to pick Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, while Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has not been risked following his recent return from a long-standing groin injury.

Ferdinand has suffered injury problems of his own this season but, after making a substitute appearance against Norwich on Saturday, the 32-year-old had hoped to be included.

In Ferdinand's place is 19-year-old United colleague Phil Jones, who is still awaiting his senior international debut, as is Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker.

Meanwhile, there is also a place for Red Devils striker Danny Welbeck, who has been in fine fettle following his recovery from hamstring complaint.

He will be joined in England's forward ranks by in-form Bobby Zamora, while there is also a spot in the squad for Liverpool's Andy Carroll, following his goal against Everton.


The Three Lions need only point against Montenegro to ensure automatic qualification for the European Championships, but Capello insists his side will be going all out to win the encounter.

"If you play for a draw it is a big mistake, you are defending a result and it is easy then to make silly or stupid mistakes," he told FATV.

"We need to go to win in Montenegro and not to play for a draw."

England squad

Goalkeepers: Scott Carson (Bursaspor), Joe Hart (Man City), David Stockdale (Ipswich).

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Bolton), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Man Utd), Micah Richards (Man City), John Terry (captain, Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Tottenham).

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Man City), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Man City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Man City), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Man Utd).

Forwards: Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), Danny Welbeck (Man Utd), Bobby Zamora (Fulham)

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