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Rooney out of England-Belarus clash

October 12, 2009


Wayne Rooney will miss Wednesday’s clash between England and Belarus after he suffered a calf strain in the match against Ukraine.

Yet Rooney was allowed to play the full 90 minutes, and if the injury has been aggravated, he can as well miss the United match against Bolton for this coming weekend, which may end up giving Sir Alex a hard time to choose who to play upfront with Berbatov.

On the other hand, Ben Foster has been recalled to be the No.1 after Green was sent off in the weekend, which left England playing with 10 men after only 15 minutes.


20 Comments leave one →
  1. October 12, 2009 7:54 am

    argh capello could have played a reserve team. whats the use of playing a full strength squad when they’ve already qualified for the world cup final tournament!

  2. October 12, 2009 11:08 am

    Del Bosque also played the starter eleven, now Xavi, Cesc, Torres, Güiza and Marchena are going back home injured. How clever these NT’s coach are.

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  4. October 12, 2009 11:10 am

    always happens the same , players injuried with national team.

  5. October 12, 2009 1:41 pm

    would like to see Capello experiment with this game…maybe play 4-3-3? Would like to see Carlton Cole start and James Milner. Dont see the point in playing Lampard, Terry, Arsely Cole or Gerrard as they are definite starters.

    • maserati4200 permalink
      October 12, 2009 1:49 pm

      I agree – we definitely need to develop a Plan B, e.g.

      – a new centre back pairing
      – a new left back
      – a holding midfielder
      – anybody but Heskey

      • October 12, 2009 2:10 pm

        What are your preferences for Plan B? Mine is like this (provided no injuries)

        GK – Kirkland
        RB – Hibbert
        LB – Bridge
        CB – Upson
        CB – Shawcross
        MR – Walcott
        ML – Wilshere
        CM – Huddlestone
        CM – Osman
        FW – Darren Bent
        FW – Kevin Davies

        Some questionable decisions perhaps, and probably more of a Plan C, but I’d like to see some of these guys in.

      • October 12, 2009 2:27 pm

        Heskey making moves to secure a spot on the squad. Not a fan.

  6. maserati4200 permalink
    October 12, 2009 2:23 pm

    I like it apart from Bent. Agbonlahor (sp?) gets my vote.

    Maybe Gary Cahill of Bolton is worth a look also.

  7. maserati4200 permalink
    October 12, 2009 2:54 pm

    Heskey is a waste of atmosphere.

    • Shallowgirl permalink
      October 12, 2009 3:55 pm

      He fell over, he fell over….

    • October 12, 2009 4:19 pm

      i do actually get why Capello uses Heskey. He isn’t there for goals but to hold up play and add muscle. But it doesn’t really escape the fact that he is not a top class striker. But with Roo, Gerrard and Lampard coming forward i understand why Capello sacrifices this position when it comes to goals.

      However, Heskey is gonna play jack-shit at Villa this year so he needs a move this Jan. Back to Wigan sounds good for him. He will play every week and its minutes he needs to make the World Cup

      • maserati4200 permalink
        October 12, 2009 4:26 pm

        There’s a contradiction here as far as Capello’s approach is concerned.

        We’re given the line that a player must be; a) fit and; b) playing regularly for his club.

        OK – no probs. However, how does the Fab one square this…

        Heskey: on the bench for Villa, but he starts for England!

        Owen: on the bench for Man Utd, but he’s not on Fab’s radar!

  8. October 12, 2009 4:10 pm

    I just hope he’s fit for the clash with Bolton, and am sure this time Capello will swap the team around so that others get a chance to play as well, for they are already qualified, unless he wants to make amends for that defeat, but Rooney definitely out of the squad for Wednesday

    • October 13, 2009 4:55 pm

      Agbanlahor is certainly gonna get a chance this time around. I really want to see him play for the senior team on a regular basis

      Defoe + Agbanlahor upthere will be deadly.

      XX JAY xx

      • October 13, 2009 5:20 pm

        no doubt James, Agbonlahor has got potential, but he is not the finished article yet and i doubt he will be by the world cup.

  9. October 12, 2009 6:31 pm

    Is there no other English striker that can add muscle and hold up play? I really think Kevin Davies does a good job.

    In fact, I once thought James Beattie would make for a good England striker. He always got me fantasy points for assists and making plays happen.

    • October 13, 2009 5:15 pm

      Kevin Davies. James Beattie???

      I cant be so rude on the internet to answer that!

      they are half decent strikers who are about form and not consistent quality. I dont really buy all this big man stuff. Id like to see Defoe up front with Rooney left and Gerrard right, and then Lampard, Barry and Hargreaves narrow. But if Fabio wants a big man striker its a straight choice between Emile and Carlton…Crouch maybe freakishly big but he is no ‘big man’..i could knock him over with a feather. If Dean Ashton was fit he would be in the first team now as he could do what Heskey does and also score goals.

      • October 13, 2009 5:54 pm

        Totally agree on the Dean Ashton choice! Pity he gets injured too often, especially during international games!


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