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Supporting England All The Way At Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire!


Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg

Date: 12 June

Time: 1930 BST

Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live and ITV1


Yesterday Fabio Capello said he had decided on his starting team for England's 2010 World Cup opener against the United States in Rustenburg today.

Much speculation has surrounded his selection, with an ankle injury to midfielder Gareth Barry prompting a reshuffle to Capello's plans.

It is also unclear who the Italian will pick in goal, with David James, Rob Green and Joe Hart vying to start.

But Capello said: "I know my keeper and I know my team to start against the US."

He added, possibly referring to Barry's recovery: "After the first game, I hope every player in my squad will be fit and ready to play."

Capello is desperate for his squad to come through the match against the US unscathed, especially having already lost skipper Rio Ferdinand to a knee ligament injury sustained during training last week.

But the Italian insists he is relaxed as England approach their tournament opener today,"I understand that this is a really, really important moment for the country, but I am relaxed."

And Capello believes his England side can impress in South Africa having "improved a lot" during his time in charge, a spell that has so far yielded 18 wins in 24 matches.

"Yes, the team has improved a lot," he said. "We found a spirit, different systems to play during games and a lot of players know me better. I think everything is different for us now."

In Ferdinand's absence, Capello's captain on the field will be Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard, who is expected to partner Frank Lampard in the centre of midfield with Barry unavailable.

James Milner could also miss out as he struggles to shake off a virus, while some reports suggest goalkeeper James is carrying a knee injury.

But Liverpool captain Gerrard has insisted that leading the national side will not adversely affect his own game, saying: "I won't change my style of captaincy or the way I play.

"I'm in this position because managers see I'm a good captain - how I am about the place as well as what I do on the pitch. I feel like I have the respect of the players and they know I'm here for them if they need it.

Everyone here at Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire will be cheering England along tonight.




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