Another beneficiary of Walcott’s exclusion is Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon, who now looks certain to start on the right side of midfield.
The other uncertain inclusion was Joe Cole, but the Chelsea player’s intervention to help England beat Japan in the recent friendly confirmed that England sometimes need a dose of the unpredictable.
Aston Villa’s James Milner will provide backup to the wide players, though is unlikely to feature in his club position in the center of the pitch after a poor showing there against Mexico.
The central midfield is another cause for concern, as Capello waits on the fitness of his preferred holding midfielder Gareth Barry. Frank Lampard is a certain starter, as is Steven Gerrard, though where Gerrard plays is not totally set in stone.
The Liverpool midfielder played the majority of the qualifiers on the left side of midfield and can also play as a support striker.
In Barry’s absence Capello might be tempted to pair Gerrard in the center with Lampard, but history has often proved that this partnership is unworkable.
So, Capello may give another chance to Manchester United’s Michael Carrick, despite his currently poor form.