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Tuesday, 29 March 2011
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England 1 Ghana 1 [1-0]

Match Summary
England Squad
Ghana Squad
Team Records
   
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The Three Lions Squad for the matches against Wales and Ghana  March 2011
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Capt
Baines, Leighton J. 11 December 1984 26 D Everton FC 2 1 3 0 0 None
Barry, Gareth 23 February 1981 30 M Manchester City FC 35 10 45 2 0 5
Bent, Darren A. 6 February 1984 27 F Aston Villa FC 5 4 9 3 0 None
Cahill, Gary J. 19 December 1985 25 D Bolton Wanderers FC 0 2 2 0 0 None
Carroll, Andrew T. 6 January 1989 22 F Liverpool FC 1 0 1 0 0 None
Carson, Scott P. 3 September 1985 25 G West Bromwich Albion FC 2 1 3 4 GA 0 None
Scott Carson was called into the squad on 25 March as a replacement for Ben Foster.
Cole, Ashley 20 December 1980 30 D Chelsea FC 88 0 88 0 0 11
Ashley Cole was released from the squad on 27th March and unavailable for the match against Ghana.
Crouch, Peter J. 30 January 1981 30 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 19 23 42 22 0 3
Dawson, Michael R. 18 November 1983 27 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 1 4 0 0 None
Michael Dawson was released from the squad on 27th March and unavailable for the match against Ghana.
Defoe, Jermain C. 7 October 1982 28 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 17 28 45 15 0 None
Downing, Stewart 22 July 1984 26 M Aston Villa FC 9 16 25 0 0 None
Foster, Ben A. 3 April 1983 27 G Birmingham City FC 4 1 5 4 GA 0 1
Ben Foster withdrew from the squad on 25 March due to a throat infection.  He was replaced by Scott Carson
Green, Robert P. 18 January 1980 31 G West Ham United FC 9 2 11 9 GA 0 1
Hart, C. Joseph J. 19 April 1987 23 G Manchester City FC 6 3 9 3 GA 0 None
Jagielka, Philip N. 17 August 1982 28 D Everton FC 5 3 8 0 0 None
Jarvis, Matthew T. 22 May 1986 24 M Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Johnson, Glen M. 23 August 1984 26 D Liverpool FC 28 5 32 1 0 6
Lampard, Frank J. 20 June 1978 32 M Chelsea FC 74 11 85 21 1 3
Frank Lampard was released from the squad on 27th March and unavailable for the match against Ghana.
Lennon, Aaron J. 16 April 1987 23 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 10 9 19 0 0 None
Aaron Lennon withdrew from the squad on 28 March due to a minor hamstring injury.
Lescott, Joleon P. 16 August 1982 28 D Manchester City FC 9 3 12 0 0 None
Milner, James P. 4 January 1986 25 M Manchester City FC 9 8 17 0 0 3
Parker, Scott M. 13 October 1980 30 M West Ham United FC 2 3 5 0 0 None
Rooney, Wayne M. 24 October 1985 25 F Manchester United FC 66 4 70 26 1 1
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Wayne Rooney was released from the squad on 27th March and unavailable for the match against Ghana.
Terry, John G. 7 December 1980 30 D Chelsea FC 66 1 67 6 29 4
John Terry was released from the squad on 27th March and unavailable for the match against Ghana.
Walker, Kyle A. 28 May 1990 20 D Aston Villa FC, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Kyle Walker was withdrawn from the squad on 27th March after suffering a groin injury.
Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M. 26 November 1990 20 F Sunderland AFC, on loan from Manchester United FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Danny Welbeck was called into the squad on 29th March as a replacement for Aaron Lennon.
Wilshere, Jack A.G. 1 January 1992 19 M Arsenal FC 2 1 3 0 0 None
Young, Ashley S. 9 July 1985 25 M Aston Villa FC 3 10 13 1 0 1

All information is complete to and including England's last match, the seventh of the 2010-11 season, against Wales on 26 March 2011.

Diary

Monday, 10 January 2011 - 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 2011 - 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 substituted. 
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 age."

Sunday morning, 20 March 2011 - 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."

Sunday evening (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 2011 - 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 2011 - 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 2011 - 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 Tuesday.

Monday lunchtime, 28 March 2011 - 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 2011 - 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 2011 - 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.

England Form: last six games
W W D L W W  f 12:a success: 75%
890 3 September 2010 - England 4 Bulgaria 0 [1-0]
The National Stadium, Wembley, London
(73,346)
Defoe (3), A.Johnson ECP HW
891 7 September 2010 - Switzerland 1 England 3 [0-1]
Sankt Jakob Park, Basel
(39,700)
Shaqiri
Rooney, A.Johnson, Bent
AW
Lichtsteiner
892 12 October 2010 - England 0 Montenegro 0 [0-0]
The National Stadium, Wembley, London
(73,451)
  HD
893 17 November 2010 - England 1 France 2 [0-1]
The National Stadium, Wembley, London (85,495)
Crouch
Benzema, Valbuena
Fr HL
894 9 February 2011 - Denmark 1 England 2 [1-1]
Parken Stadion, Indre Østerbro, København (21,523)
Agger
Bent, Young
AW
895 26 March 2011 - Wales 0 England 2 [0-2]
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (68,959)
Lampard (pen), Bent ECP AW
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