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complete to and including England's last match, the seventh of the 2010-11 season,
against Wales on 26 March 2011.
Monday, 10 January
- England will play host to Ghana in the first ever meeting between the two
nations in March. Three days after the first Euro 2012 qualifier of the
year, away to Wales, Fabio Capello's side will face the Black Stars at Wembley.
It has also been confirmed that England will not face Thailand in June.
Although an informal agreement had been reached for a friendly match following
the qualifier with Switzerland, no formal details in terms of match date or
venue had ever been established and following discussions by The FA Board it was
decided not to go ahead with the fixture.
Tuesday, 15 March
- Fabio Capello said he is considering
relieving Rio Ferdinand of his captaincy duties and handing the role back to
former skipper John Terry. Injured Ferdinand misses the Euro 2012
qualifier against Wales on 26 March. Last year, Terry was stripped of the
armband and Capello wants to avoid it being passed around like it was in
February's friendly against Denmark. With vice-captain Steven Gerrard also out
with a hernia injury, Capello is expected to formally announce the decision
before the encounter at the Millennium Stadium.
"I was really upset about what happened in Denmark,
when I saw the players saying 'who is the captain?'. After one year of
punishment, it was not the best moment for John Terry to see this. For
that reason I need to make a decision - and it will be a permanent decision, not
just one game."
That way he will avoid a repeat of the situation in
Copenhagen last month where the armband was given to Frank Lampard but then
passed on to Gareth Barry and finally Ashley Cole when the former pair were
Ferdinand is said 'to be upset' about the matter and it will be discussed with
thesquad when they meet up next week for the Wales match. It is clear that
the continued absence of the former Manchester United captain through calf and
back injuries is a frustration. But Capello believes Ferdinand will
understand the issue he has been confronted with.
Capello also said he believed Jack Wilshere will be a
future England captain and said he was "the best young midfielder" he had seen
for his age. After making his debut against Hungary on 11 August last
year, the 19-year-old Arsenal midfielder was not restored to the team until the
Denmark friendly last month. "It is incredible, in this last seven months,
he improved a lot. After that very first game I was not sure because he didn't
play with a lot of confidence and following the Denmark game, some people were
surprised when I said I was really happy with his performance. But he
played with confidence and without fear. He tried to do the same things he
usually does when he plays for Arsenal and everyone can understand his value
after the games against Barcelona. I followed him. I monitored him during
the game in Barcelona. Against the most difficult team, one of the best teams of
all, he played the same game, with the same confidence that he did in the first
leg in London. He will be England captain one day. Jack Wilshere needs
more caps but he is a real leader. I saw how he spoke with the referee and
how he spoke to the other players. It is difficult to find someone so young with
such a big personality. I remember two defenders, Paolo Maldini and Franco
Baresi, and one attacker, Raul, who was 19 at Real Madrid, but for personality
and confidence on the pitch, he is the best young midfielder I have seen for his
Sunday morning, 20
- Fabio Capello says Terry will lead England again by confirming that John Terry
will captain England permanently. Capello has made the decision as he
prepares for another crucial Euro 2012 qualifier, in Cardiff against Wales next
Saturday. Capello revealed that seeing the armband passed around in
Copenhagen played a part in his decision. "I was really focused on the
Wales game, I think a lot about this game and the captain. I decided that John
Terry will be the captain for this game, because after the game that we played
in Copenhagen, the armband was passed around and I was upset for him.
After what happened I decided that John Terry after one year of punishment, will
be the permanent captain." Capello was clear that he has been impressed by
Terry's attitude since losing the armband a year ago. Capello admitted:
"He is the same. He is a player in himself leader, is a leader always on the
pitch, outside of the pitch all the time."
(8:30 pm), 20 March 2011
- Fabio Capello has named a squad of 26 players to face Wales and Ghana, with a
first call-up for Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Matthew Jarvis. Kyle Walker
retains his place in the defensive ranks following his first senior call last
month for the game against Denmark. Phil Jagielka returns to the squad along
with Aaron Lennon and Andy Carroll, all three players missed the game in
Copenhagen. For Carroll it is his first return to the England squad
following his move to Liverpool, the 22-year-old forward made his debut against
France last November and recently returned from injury to make his first
appearances for the Anfield club.
Friday, 25 March
- Ben Foster has pulled out of the squad because a throat infection. West
Brom keeper Scott Carson has replaced his Birmingham counterpart for the match
at the Millennium Stadium.
Saturday, 26 March
- Wales 0 England 2, Darren Bent scores his third in nine appearances, after
Frank Lampard scored his sixth penalty in the seventh minute, after James
Collins brought down his Aston Villa teammate, Ashley Young.
Sunday, 27 March
- England have released five players from the squad for Tuesday's international
friendly with Ghana. Captain John Terry and fellow defenders Ashley Cole
and Michael Dawson, midfielder Frank Lampard and striker Wayne Rooney will all
return to their clubs. All five started Saturday's 2-0 Euro 2012
qualifying win over Wales. Fabio Capello has suggested he will change his
entire starting XI for Tuesday's home match. In addition to the released
players, Kyle Walker has returned to Aston Villa after being ruled out of the
game with a groin injury.
Capello's decision to release Terry means that the
coach will have to appoint another captain for the match against the Black Stars
just one game after the defender's return as skipper. Manchester City
midfielder Gareth Barry played no part against Wales and, having worn the
armband in the friendly against Denmark in February, could skipper the side on
Monday lunchtime, 28 March
- Fabio Capello has named Gareth Barry as captain for Tuesday's friendly against
Ghana at Wembley. Barry, 30, will lead out a much-changed side from the
one that beat Wales 2-0 in a Euro 2012 qualifier on Saturday, with Andy Carroll
starting up front. The Italian said he will make "about seven changes" for the
game against World Cup quarter-finalists Ghana and revealed his reasons for
allowing Terry, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Wayne Rooney and Michael Dawson to
return to their clubs. "Joe Hart will play in goal, we will have Gary Cahill and
Phil Jagielka at centre-back and Leighton Baines will play at left-back. Barry
will be the captain and Carroll will play up front. Scott Parker will play if he
is fit but he has got a little problem. I will decide on Tuesday if he plays for
90 minutes or however long." Wembley is expected to be a sell-out for the
game, but Capello shrugged off the suggestion that some supporters would feel
short-changed by the number of alterations.
Capello also revealed why he rang Steven Gerrard about
the captaincy but not deposed skipper Rio Ferdinand, who was replaced by John
Terry last week. "Steve is vice-captain. Rio is captain, so we must speak
personally. I hope I will speak with Rio next week."
Monday evening, 28 March
- Aaron Lennon returned to Tottenham Hotspur with a minor hamstring problem. The
winger was apparently set to start tomorrow but felt 'a twinge' in today's
training session which prompted Capello to allow him to leave.
Tuesday, 29 March
- Sunderland striker Danny Welbeck has been called up to the England squad.
The 20-year-old forward, who is on loan at the Black Cats from Manchester
United, joins the squad in place of the injured Spurs winger Aaron Lennon.