England manager Fabio Capello has just one selection poser for the game later today against Germany, and that’s who to play alongside John Terry in central defense.
Matthew Upson – should partner John Terry today
Matthew Upson started the decisive match against Slovenia and we though he produced a very good performance which included that last ditch and brilliant block, in injury time, that saved England.
He looked good alongside John Terry and the two of them seem to play well together for England.
Fabio talked about the selection he has to make:
“I have to decide who will play with John Terry,”
“Matthew Upson played well, Jamie Carragher played well and King played well, I have to choose.”
“It is more or less the only decision I have to make.”
In fact Ledley King also has an outside chance of playing as the Tottenham defender trained with the rest of the squad on Saturday to prove his fitness to the manager, so it looks like all 23 players are now fit, which is great.
Fabio Capello – England manager
So Capello could play Upson, Carragher or King to partner John Terry, who has easily been England’s outstanding player so far in the tournament – you certainly cannot accuse this lad of not having the St. Georges Cross tattooed right across his forehead.
While we are not great admirers of Upson, he showed in the last game that he can play solidly for England, and has a good partnership with John Terry and that should give him the nod today.
Today all 23 players have trained, all the players are fit, Ledley is training normally with the other players.”
“I’m happy now because we have found the spirit and the physical situation is really, really good.”
And Capello is not unhappy at all about having to meet Germany and then probably Argentina if we win, because he rightly says you have to beat any team put in front of you – and we think getting two top teams in the next two rounds could be an advantage, if anything, to England – because the lads will be ready to play at their very best in both games .
“To go forward you have to beat all the teams,””Germany is one of those teams, not more. I respect Germany but I think also Germany respects us.”
We have to now hope that the poor start to the tournament is behind us and if the lads can produce the sparkling form they showed in qualifying and winning 9 of their 10 games, we should be able to beat Germany today, who do not have a very strong side this year.
That’s the hope that England has, but as usual it’s up ot the players, and we expect Capello to start an unchanged side today, and we are hoping England can make us proud.