England Vs Egypt: Last Chance To Impress Capello Before World Cup

Daniel GoochAnalyst IMarch 2, 2010

Wednesday's friendly between England and Egypt at Wembley will be the last chance for players to show Fabio Capello what they can do, and try to book their place in this summer's World Cup in South Africa.

Steven Gerrard has be called upon as England captain as Rio Ferdinand is out injured.

Recently the England defence has worried Capello, with all the injuries and poor performances. Wes Brown has been picked to start at right-back (as he is the only right back in the squad), while the left-back position may be filled by either Leighton Baines or Stephen Warnock in the absence of Ashley Cole and Wayne Bridge.

Chelsea's Cole has a broken ankle, while last week Manchester City's Bridge asked not to be chosen for England duty, thereby ruling himself out of this summer's World Cup.

The keeper will not be choosen till the day of the match. There is a choice between Portsmouth's David James, West Ham's Rob Green or Birmingham's Joe Hart.

Wayne Rooney and Jermain Defoe both have slight injuries but were able to train for a full session today.

Controvertially Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross has been named in the squad. Last weekend he was sent off for a tackle that left Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey with a broken leg.


Egypt are rank just one place below England, and were recently crowned champions of the African Nations Cup.

These teams have met twice before, the latest being nearly 20 years ago. England won both games.

MY PREDICTION: England win 2-0