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Capello refuses to tinker

England boss sticks with trusted regulars

By Rob Parrish.   Last Updated: 04/10/09 8:59pm

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Capello: Tried and trusted

Capello: Tried and trusted

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Fabio Capello has resisted the temptation to experiment in England's remaining World Cup qualifiers against Ukraine and Belarus.

Despite the Three Lions having already secured their safe passage to South Africa 2010, Capello has stuck with his tried and trusted players for the trip to Ukraine on 10th October and the Wembley meeting with Belarus four days later.

Portsmouth goalkeeper David James returns after injury, with Manchester United's Ben Foster missing out after an indifferent start to the season which could also cost him his club place.

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole are not included as they continue to work their way back to full fitness with their clubs following respective back and knee problems.

Aston Villa winger Ashley Young has missed out on the latest party, but his Midlands team-mates James Milner and Gabriel Agbonlahor are included.

Jermain Defoe, who was deemed fit enough to come off the bench for Spurs in their draw at Bolton on Saturday, will not be risked due to his hand injury, while in-form Sunderland striker Darren Bent is again overlooked.

Michael Owen's hopes of forcing his way back into the England reckoning were dashed when he suffered a groin injury in the early stages of United's UEFA Champions League meeting with Wolfsburg.

England squad

Goalkeepers: Robinson (Blackburn), Green (West Ham), James (Portsmouth)

Defenders: A Cole (Chelsea), Terry (Chelsea), Johnson (Liverpool), Bridge (Manchester City), Lescott (Manchester City), Brown (Manchester United), Ferdinand (Manchester United), Upson (West Ham).

Midfielders: Milner (Aston Villa), Lampard (Chelsea), Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy), Gerrard (Liverpool), Barry (Manchester City), Wright-Phillips (Manchester City), Carrick (Manchester United), Lennon (Tottenham).

Strikers: Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Heskey (Aston Villa), Crouch (Tottenham), C Cole (West Ham), Rooney (Manchester United).

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