Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

World

Rooney rested in final warm-up

MORULENG, June 7 – Wayne Rooney was left on the sidelines as England took on South African club Platinum Stars in their final World Cup warm-up match here on Monday.Head coach Fabio Capello opted to start with Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe in attack for his squad’s first taste of competitive football since they arrived in South Africa last week.

Shaun Wright-Phillips, a surprise inclusion in the Italian’s final squad at the expense of Theo Walcott, was given an opportunity to press his case for a starting role in Saturday’s meeting with the United States by being named on the right of a four-man midfield, made up of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Joe Cole.

Capello is resigned to being without Gareth Barry, his first choice midfield anchor, for the meeting with the Americans and Monday’s line-up sugggests he will ask Gerrard, who has taken over as captain following the injury to Rio Ferdinand, to play in a deeper role against the Americans.

Ledley King, the favourite to take Ferdinand’s place, started alongside John Terry in a back four that also comprised first-choice fullbacks, Glen Johnson and Ashley Cole, while Joe Hart got the nod in goal ahead of Robert Green and David James.

England v Platinum Stars

Joe Hart; Glen Johnson, Ledley King, John Terry, Ashley Cole; Shaun Wright-Phillips, Steven Gerrard (capt.), Frank Lampard, Joe Cole; Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Advertisement

More on Capital Sports

Football

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 27 – DStv and GOtv subscribers are in for a treat of the world’s best football this week as the 2020-21...

Football

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 – There is light at the end of the tunnel. After failed promises over the last three years since its...

Football

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 6 – Gentrix Shikangwa scored with two minutes left as Vihiga Queens sailed to the final of the CECAFA regional qualifiers...

NFL

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13 – Kenya’s history making Daniel Adongo, the first Kenyan to play in America’s National Football League (NFL), is now living...

© 2022 Capital Digital Media. Capital Group Limited. All Rights Reserved