England v Spain
Saturday 12 November 2011, 17:15
Fabio Capello has made no secret of his intention to use the upcoming friendly dates as an opportunity to experiment with some of England's fringe players.
Everton's Jack Rodwell and Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge have been selected for the first time and will be hoping to earn their first senior caps this weekend, along with Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker.
In-form Fulham striker Bobby Zamora has earned a recall, as he looks to stake his claim for a place in the starting line-up in the absence of Wayne Rooney – who will be suspended for the opening three games of Euro 2012.
Meanwhile Gabby Agbonlahor and Phil Jagielka's hopes of involvement have taken a turn for the worse, after both players suffered minor injuries.
The Aston Villa striker will definitely play no part, but no decision has yet been made on Jagielka's broken toe - so he could feature in some capacity.
For Spain, Vicente Del Bosque is expected to name a strong line-up to take on the Three Lions, and former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas will be keen to play some part on his return to London.
Jesus Navas and Nacho Monreal will also be eager to impress having earned recalls to the squad, but Javi Martinez will miss out after withdrawing through injury.
Terry is team leader, says Fabio
Fabio Capello has defended his decision to select John Terry in his latest Chelsea squad, and although he will not feature in Saturday's friendly against Spain, he remains the 'leader' of the England team.
The Three Lions boss will hand the captain's armband to Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard for tomorrow's Wembley encounter, but is adamant that Terry remains England's on-field general, and has confirmed he will skipper the side against Sweden on Tuesday.
"He is the team leader," said the Italian tactician. "He will always be a really important person in the dressing room.
"He will play against Sweden but tomorrow he will be on the bench. Like the other players, we can't play all the players I selected. I can make six substitutions and I will decide on the changes during the game."
Sections of the media had suggested that Terry should be overlooked by England as the Football Association, along with the Metropolitan Police continue their investigation into allegations he racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in the recent west London derby.
But Capello insists there was never any chance of him leaving the Blues stopper out in the cold, with the decision to rest him against Spain taken a long time before the race row broke out.
"He is innocent until proven guilty," he continued. "[But] I decided everything before what happened.
"I decided that he will not play this game against Spain because I want to see something different in the two centre-backs we will play tomorrow."News Now - Sport News