Capello eases concerns
Fabio Capello is happy to play Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in the same England midfield.
Last Updated: 30/03/10 5:27pm
England manager Fabio Capello has no concerns about playing Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in the same midfield, providing they are both in good form.
The pair have come in for criticism at times this season after inconsistent displays, with the off-colour performances of Gerrard the subject of specific scrutiny.
But both impressed at the weekend when Lampard scored four times in Chelsea's demolition of Aston Villa and Gerrard excelled when moving into an orthodox central midfield role in Liverpool's victory over Sunderland.
If that form continues, Capello is not worried about the duo's ability to play alongside one another for England at the World Cup in June.
The Italian told Gol Television: "I think good players can always play together, but a lot depends on what kind of form they're in.
"In a team you have to play the players who are in the best possible form. That said, both are important players who are very talented and that's why I say I believe they can play together.
"In fact, they've shown on many occasions that they are the kind of players who can swing a match your way."
There has also been much made regarding Capello's goalkeeping options for the finals in South Africa, with David James, Robert Green, Ben Foster and Joe Hart all failing to make the position their own.
But England's manager said: "I'm fairly happy. We've got Green, James who is older and experienced, and Hart, who is young. I don't think we have a problem when it comes to goalkeepers."
Capello also reiterated that there is time for Manchester City left-back Wayne Bridge to reconsider his unavailability for England selection in the wake of the John Terry saga, which saw the Chelsea defender stripped of his country's captaincy.
He said: "The players know that I believe the armband must go to a player who can be an example to youngsters. And what happened with Terry was not good.
"That's why I explained to him that he could not continue as captain but would continue to be a leader on the pitch and important player for us.
"As for Bridge, he has time to change his mind. The situation is still very raw for him."