Jagielka ready to play
Fabio Capello says Phil Jagielka is available for the friendly against Spain and has defended his decision not to select Micah Richards.
Last Updated: 11/11/11 2:37pm
Fabio Capello says Phil Jagielka is available for Saturday's friendly against Spain and has defended his decision not to select Micah Richards.
Everton defender Jagielka appeared very doubtful earlier in the week due to a toe problem that has required pain-killing injections for him to play over the past couple of weeks.
He missed training on Thursday but has now informed Capello that he is fit and ready for action at Wembley this weekend.
"He played normally today," said the Italian at his pre-match press conference on Friday.
"I spoke with him. I asked him if he is ready to play. He told me yes."
Manchester City right-back Richards was one player not to even be included in Capello's final squad for the clash with the world champions.
Richards has won only one cap under Capello, as a substitute against France 12 months ago, but has been in sparkling form in the Blues' surge to the top of the Premier League.
In Vincent Kompany's absence, he skippered City to victory at Queens Park Rangers last weekend, yet once again he has been overlooked in favour of Kyle Walker and Glen Johnson, who returns after injury.
"He was with me against Montenegro," Capello pointed out.
"Now Glen Johnson is playing well and I have followed Kyle Walker for the last three games. He is in good form.
"I can only select two right-backs. He (Richards) was in the provisional squad but I decided on these two."