Chelsea’s FA Cup winning players, who were not considered for the Mexico friendly, would be available for the Japan match, and it is expected that the four Chelsea players: Terry, Joe Cole, Ashley Cole, and Frank Lampard as well as Portsmouth goalkeeper James would play at least some part of the Japan match.
Players like Rio Ferdinand, Terry, Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney and three goalkeepers are pretty much certain for their places in the final 23-man
However, several players are now uncertain about their chances to make the final cut. Those who were not featured in the
David James is almost certain to start against
In the central defense, Ferdinand and Terry are among the certainties for the final cut, while Carragher and King seem to have impressed Capello with their performances on Monday to get the final nod from the coach. Now, uncapped Dawson and Upson would vie for the fifth centre back position in the squad, and both of them are expected to feature at some point against
Left back Leighton Baines was not impressive against
In the right wing, Lennon may start instead of Walcott. Following his impressive show against
In-form James Milner is almost certain to get the final nod from Capello for his versatility and he is seen as the possible replacement for Barry in the centre of the midfield, if the City man fails to get over the injury.
Michael Carrick, Scott Parker and Tom Huddlestone are all vying for the central midfield role in the final squad. Parker is expected to feature against
Darren Bent is still doubtful for the
Rooney is less likely to be rested; rather Capello would like to see how his most prized asset fares in the 4-4-2 formation.