As England face their first real test, Fabio Capello has picked a 23 man squad in preperation for the Wembley tie against Czech Republic.
England v Czech Republic
Wednesday 20 August 2008
On Wednesday evening England take on Czech Republic in a tie that will entice pundits, reporters and football fans for their first real opinion of Fabio Capello. Since taking the reign as England manager, Capello hasn’t been challenged but the Czechs should provide a stern test with some tough experienced proffesionals.
Manchester City keeper Joe Hart keeps his place in the squad after some marvellous form in pre season despite the debacle in Manchester with Shinawatra. Emile Heskey is included having missed out through injury in Capello’s first squad. Defoe is also included after bagging a brace in England’s last friendly. His current form for Portsmouth merited with a call up. Not so lucky is Peter Crouch who, despite a press release that believed he would be included, has missed out. Dean Ashton is ruled out due to injury in his first game for West Ham. As the call for pace was highlighted by Capello some fans are puzzled as to why Ashley Young was included despite his mercurial form for Aston Villa.
England manager Fabio Capello believes this will be the right test for England, “Czech Republic are a very good technical side, we will have to be on good form to win”
Full England squad:
Goalkeepers: David James (Portsmouth), Paul Robinson (Blackburn Rovers), Joe Hart (Manchester City)
Defenders: Wayne Bridge (Chelsea), Wes Brown (Manchester United), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Glen Johnson (Portsmouth), John Terry (Chelsea), Matthew Upson (West Ham United), Jonathan Woodgate (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Aston Villa), Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham Hotspur), Joe Cole (Chelsea), David Bentley (Tottenham Hotspur), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough)
Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Jermain Defoe (Portsmouth), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Emile Heskey (Wigan Athletic)