England squad for Ukraine and Belarus (10th and 14th October 2009)

You can watch England v Ukraine live online here.

Capello chose to leave Darren Bent – currently the top English scorer in the Premier League – out of his England squad for the final two World Cup qualifiers against Ukraine (away) and Belarus (home).

Ben Foster misses out through an unspecified injury, while Walcott was deemed unfit despite recently returning from injury for Arsenal. Jermain Defoe also misses out through a hand injury, with Gabriel Agbonlahor and David James returning to the squad.

England have a 100% record in World Cup qualifiers and have already booked their place in the finals in South Africa in 2010. However, Capello intends to start each game with the best possible team and then make changes in the second half to give his fringe players game time.

Capello: “They are not friendly games, they are not experimental games. We have to continue what we have done in qualification.”

The squad may change if any of the players picked from Aston Villa and Manchester City pick up injuries in today’s game.

England play Ukraine on 10th October before taking on Belarus on the 14th. Selection is bound to be straightforward with only one or two questions – would James start or will Green continue as England #1, and whether Carrick will get a chance ahead of Barry against Ukraine or Belarus.

England squad for World Cup qualifiers against Ukraine and Belarus:

Goalkeepers: Paul Robinson (Blackburn), Robert Green (West Ham), David James (Portsmouth)
Defenders: Ashley Cole (Chelsea), John Terry (Chelsea), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Wayne Bridge (Manchester City), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), Wes Brown (Manchester United), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Matthew Upson (West Ham)
Midfielders: James Milner (Aston Villa), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), David Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham)
Strikers: Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Emile Heskey (Aston Villa), Peter Crouch (Tottenham), Carlton Cole (West Ham), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

You can watch England v Ukraine live online here.

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