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Tuesday, 18 November 2008

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Groin, is it? Rib? Ego?

England football manager Fabio Capello is not angry with clubs over the loss of key players for Wednesday's friendly match with Germany, claims the Football Association.

Capello has had to change his plans after Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard were withdrawn by Liverpool and Chelsea respectively, but told the FA's Adrian Bevington he was:

"Happy".

Capello went on to say that the absentees had, in fact, solved something of a problem for him: he never really knows where to play Gerrard and Lampard when they are on the pitch together. This way, with both of them out 'injured', he doesn't need to worry about that poser.

Instead, the Italian has caaled both Jimmy Bullard and Scott Parker into the squad, players who deserve a chance, and who would have eaten cockroaches just for the opportunity to be included.

Gerrard allegedly has a groin injury, and, as well as having a swollen ego, Lampard had his ribs tickled in the game with West Brom, and is also ruled out.

Manchester United players Wayne Rooney, Wes Brown and Rio Ferdinand, Chelsea brothers Ashley and Joe Cole, and Wigan striker Emile Heskey withdrew from the squad at the weekend, leaving Capello with just four of his regular first-team fit.

Bevington told BBC Radio 5 Live's Jonathon Legard:

"Fabio is rather pleased that these overpaid primadonnas have cried-off. Now he gets a chance to see who really wants to play for England, and can give a long-awaited chance to some of the so-called 'lesser' players. If England do well, it may be difficult for the likes of Gerrard and Lampard to get back into the team. though!"

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