All information is
complete to and including England's last match, the tenth of the 2008-09 season,
against Kazakhstan on 6 June 2009.
25 November 2007 - England will meet Croatia
again after the European Qualification Draw for the 2010 World Cup was made
today in Durban, South Africa. The Three Lions were also drawn with Ukraine,
Belarus, Andorra and Kazakhstan.
Wednesday, 14 January
2008 - In Zagreb, Croatia, the fixture
list is finalised for the UEFA Qualification Group Six.
Monday, 18 May
2009 - Portsmouth goalkeeper David James will undergo a shoulder
operation on Wednesday that will rule him out of England's World Cup
qualifiers in June. James missed Pompey's 3-1 win over Sunderland and will
now be unavailable for England's games against Kazakhstan and Andorra. "It's an
injury I've been carrying for 18 months. I wanted to wait until Portsmouth
were safe, but unfortunately the recuperation period is long. I'm going to
miss a couple of England games, which is unavoidable. Having started every
game for Mr Capello, I'd have liked to have continued that, but I'm making the
best of a bad situation. It's important I get back and start pre-season well and
get myself in 100% shape for next season and be part of a successful England
2009 - Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing will also miss England's two
World Cup qualifiers because he needs surgery on his right foot. The 24-year-old
was injured in a tackle by Stiliyan Petrov during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Aston
Villa. "He is out for two or three months at least," said Boro's assistant
manager Malcolm Crosby. Downing had to be substituted after only 23 minutes
following the challenge with Petrov.
Friday, 22 May 2009
- Manchester City's Shaun Wright-Phillips has become the latest player to be
ruled out of England's two World Cup qualifiers through injury.
Wright-Phillips has missed the last six weeks with a knee problem and suffered a
reaction when he returned to training this week.
Sunday, 24 May 2009
- Fabio Capello has named a 24-man squad.
Manchester United defender Gary Neville is recalled to the England squad - his
first call under Fabio Capello - while Jermain Defoe returns after missing the
first three England games of 2009 through injury. Shaun Wright-Phillips,
who was thought to need knee surgery, proved his fitness for Manchester City
today and is also named in the squad.
Sunday, 31 May 2009
- Manchester United's Michael Carrick will miss England's upcoming World Cup
qualifiers with a foot injury. His place in the squad has gone to Aston
Villa winger James Milner, with the 23-year-old being promoted from England's
Under-21 squad. Midfielder Carrick has not started a competitive game for
England since the loss to Croatia in 2006. The former Spurs star, who
played all 90 minutes of Manchester United's Champions League defeat against
Barcelona, was unlikely to be first choice for his country. But his
absence leaves England coach Fabio Capello with only three recognised central
midfielders - Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry - for the two
- Defenders Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole both sat out training as a precaution.
Chelsea's Cole took a kick in the FA Cup final win over Everton on Saturday,
while Manchester United's Ferdinand is resting a long-standing calf injury.
Both are expected to train on Tuesday or later in the week.
- Rio Ferdinand has withdrawn from the England squad because of injury and
Bolton Wanderers centre-back Gary Cahill has been called up.
Ferdinand has failed to shake off a calf injury in time
for Saturday's World Cup qualifier but could return for the game against Andorra
next week. Fabio Capello turned to Cahill following an injury to Phil
Jagielka. Cahill now joins Matthew Upson and Joleon Lescott as the players
hoping to partner captain John Terry at centre-back. The 23-year-old said
he was delighted with the call-up to the full squad. "I've had a good
season and I've worked really hard. I've been in the provisional squad
twice before and then this third time I was included once again, so I'm
obviously delighted to get the call."
Left-back Ashley Cole, who picked up a
knock on Saturday, has trained ahead of the trip to Almaty and should play.
Gareth Barry has signed for Manchester City FC
from Aston Villa FC for £12 million.
- Reports coming from the training camp suggest a bust-up between Gareth Barry
and Gary Cahill. Cahill allegedly flooring Barry with a scything tackle.
- England defeat Kazakhstan comfortably 4-0. Gareth Barry is booked, his
second caution of the qualification campaign. He is suspended for the
Andorra match on Wednesday night.
- Rio Ferdinand has been ruled out Wednesday's World Cup qualifier with Andorra
through injury. The Manchester United centre-back missed Saturday's 4-0
win in Kazakhstan due to discomfort with a calf injury. It was expected
Ferdinand would join up with his England colleagues on Sunday but it has now
been confirmed the 30-year-old will miss the game at Wembley.
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
- Fabio Capello has hinted he is considering resting players who are one booking
away from suspension for the match against Andorra. David Beckham, Glen
Johnson and Emile Heskey are all one yellow card away from missing the World Cup
qualifier against Croatia on 9 September. "I have thought about this
problem. I have to decide if some players on yellow cards will play."
Capello suggested that even though Beckham is close to a suspension he, along
with Shaun Wright-Phillips, are in contention for a midfield role as a
replacement for the suspended Barry. Heskey could make way for Jermain
Defoe, Peter Crouch or Carlton Cole. Gary Neville is expected to play if
Johnson is rested. Capello is expected to continue with Matthew Upson alongside
skipper John Terry following the victory on Saturday. Capello must decide
whether to play Arsenal's Theo Walcott on the right of midfield after his
below-par performance against Kazakhstan. Beckham, Wright-Phillips and
Gerrard could all replace Walcott, who is also scheduled to join up with Stuart
Pearce's England Under-21 squad ahead of their European Championship campaign
later this week. But Capello added: "Walcott will be very important because we
have to play to attack and the wide position is very important. I've spoken to
him and he trained very well. He needs to play to recover his best condition."
West Bromwich Albion's keeper Scott Carson sat out
training on Tuesday because of a side strain but he is expected to be fit.