Capello not taking risks with England squad

England manager Fabio Capello has decided not to take injury risks with his squad for the remaining two World Cup qualifiers.

England manager Fabio Capello has decided not to take injury risks with his squad for the remaining two World Cup qualifiers.

With some players under fitness clouds, the Italian tactician has named a relatively unchanged squad for the matches against Ukraine and Belarus this Saturday and next Wednesday.

Tottenham striker Jerman Defoe will miss after dislocating fingers and breaking his hand last week whilst Manchester United keeper Ben Foster is also injured.

Aston Villa youngster Gabriel Agbonalhor has been recalled to replace Defoe as veteran shot-stopper David James comes in for Foster.

The England squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Robert Green (West Ham), David James (Portsmouth), Paul Robinson (Blackburn Rovers)

Defenders: Wayne Bridge (Manchester City), Wes Brown (Manchester United), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea), Matthew Upson (West Ham)

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur), James Milner (Aston Villa), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Aston Villa)

Strikers: Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Carlton Cole (West Ham), Peter Crouch (Tottenham Hostpur), Emile Heskey (Aston Villa), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Have your say