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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Feb 7, 2011

Capello revises squad after withdrawals

England boss Fabio Capello was forced to call up lost four new players after his Three Lions squad to face Denmark was hit by the withdrawals of Steven Gerrard. Ben Foster, Peter Crouch and Gabriel Agbonlahor.

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Gerrard, Crouch and Foster reported to England's HQ in Watford on Sunday but were released after their fitness was checked, while Villa striker Agbonlahor asked informed Capello he would be bowing out for personal reasons.

Although Capello had named 25 players on Saturday in the hope of covering all eventualities, he did require reinforcements and West Ham duo Robert Green and Carlton Cole were called up.

The up-shot of the changes were that Frank Lampard looks certain to be named England skipper for the first time, whilst Fulham's David Stockdale could be elevated to first-choice back-up to number one keeper Joe Hart.

Twenty-four hours after Rio Ferdinand suffered a calf injury in the warm-up before Manchester United's shock defeat at Wolves, Gerrard aggravated a groin problem during Liverpool's win at Chelsea.

It means Fabio Capello will be without his captain and vice-captain for a game he views as vital preparation for next month's Euro 2012 qualifier in Wales.

With John Terry ruled out on the grounds he had the job taken off him as a disciplinary measure by Capello 12 months ago, the only two plausible options are Lampard and Wayne Rooney.

The striker actually did the job in a friendly loss to Brazil in Doha last season but Lampard was the man who Capello nominated as his vice-captain when Ferdinand pulled out of the World Cup, so it would be a major surprise if he was not handed the role for the first time from the start of his 84th cap.

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