England Coach Fabio Capello now must be busy deciding his final eleven for the
It is now almost certain that Gareth Barry would not be available for selection for the
Though Hart and Green played on Monday, David James seems to be the number one choice for Capello, but the
English defense is pretty much settled with Ledley King being the replacement of injured captain Rio Ferdinand to partner with John Terrry at the heart of the defense. Ashley Cole is a certain starter on the left back.
However, the recent form of right back Glen Johnson has put his place in the first eleven under serious doubt. His sloppy performance against
Midfield would be led by Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard and the duo would now be looking to prove that they can play together effectively, providing flurry of chances for the forwards. Gerrard could be deployed just behind Rooney as their combination looked deadly in the recent friendly fixtures, while Lampard would look to continue his
Joe Cole, the only player who played the whole 90 minutes against Platinum Stars, has perhaps cemented his place on the left wing in the first eleven. He scored the second goal against Platinum, before being the source of one of
On the right flank, Aaron Lennon is almost certain to start against
In the up front, Emile Heskey is most likely to partner with Wayne Rooney. Crouch was not impressive against Platinum, and thus, losing the opportunity to start ahead of Heskey, while Defoe was good enough to justify his selection in the squad. However, Capello would most likely to go for Heskey.
Heskey could be deployed up front with Rooney just behind him. Rooney would be free to operate in the area, while Heskey could create space for the Manchester United star. Rooney showed moments of glory against Platinum Stars, and now Heskey would have to come forward to make the attack lethal.
Here is the probable
David James (Robert Green, if James is not fit), John Terry, Ledley King, Glen Johnson, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Aaron Lennon, Wayne Rooney, Emile Heskey