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06 December 2023

Capello names squad

By Reuters

John Terry will not regain the England captain's armband under Fabio Capello, the Italian was quoted as saying by British media yesterday.

"From here to the World Cup he will not be the captain, and not while I'm England manager," Capello told reporters ahead of Wednesday's friendly with Egypt.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is set to lead the team out against the African champions at Wembley.

Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross was called into the England squad for the first time and Stewart Downing is back for the first time in 11 months, having returned from injury. Aston Villa team mate James Milner, who has five caps could feature in England's defence.

Leighton Baines of Everton and Stephen Warnock of Villa are contenders for the left-back spot in the absence of Ashley Cole (broken ankle) and Wayne Bridge. Rio Ferdinand is out with a back injury. There is also no place for Chelsea's Joe Cole.

Namesake Carlton Cole is back after returning to the West Ham United team following injury.

David Beckham, on loan at AC Milan from Los Angeles Galaxy, is included in the party and will win his 116th cap if he plays.


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