Capello awaits Terry news

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Fabio Capello will wait for a fitness bulletin on John Terry before making plans for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier in Belarus.

The England coach recognises his team's next opponents offer a substantially increased threat to the one posed by Kazakhstan, and even they threatened to embarrass the Three Lions at times during the 5-1 Wembley win.

Capello's major decision is whether to utilise Gareth Barry in a holding midfield role, as he started with on Saturday, or stick with the trusted two wide players, as he did following the half-time introduction of Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Much will depend on Terry, who did some running and gym work on Sunday but is still to fully test the back injury that ruled him out at the weekend.

With his team due to fly to Minsk on Tuesday morning, Capello will make a final decision after training on Monday, with the odds remaining on Terry staying at home, Matthew Upson keeping his place alongside Rio Ferdinand, and Barry adopting the holding role just in front.

"I have time to decide whether to play a holding midfielder in Belarus," said Capello.

"But first we have to wait and see whether John Terry will play."

England will create a bit of history by opening a World Cup campaign with four straight wins if they are triumphant on Wednesday but with the Three Lions life is never quite so straightforward.

And even if injury doubt Alexander Hleb does not play, Capello knows his side must be wary.

"They are not conservative at all," he said, dismissing the theory with some exaggerated hand movements. "They move all over, like Arsenal, and pass the ball a lot. Belarus are a very dangerous side and this game will not be easy."

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Matthew Upson
Alexander Hleb
John Terry
Gareth Barry
Shaun Wright-Phillips
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