Capello's England get ready for the USA and Trinidad & Tobago
While Europe's big boys are getting ready for Euro 2008, Fabio Capello's England are preparing for the more modest task of taking on the United States and Trinidad & Tobago. Not exactly glamour ties, but they should give Capello the chance to have a look at some different options.
England's last meeting with the US in 2005 was considered a meaningless friendly, with Sven Goran Eriksson fielding what was considered a reserve team. This time round, owing to Steve Mc Laren's disastrous campaign and the arrival of the new manager, the game has taken on a whole new perspective.
The Italian has selected a full strength squad including both the Chelsea and Manchester United contingents who recently disputed the Champions League final. There is still speculation over who will lead the side with Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard and John Terry all in contention.
David Bentley has thrown down the gauntlet to erstwhile England skipper David Beckham ahead of games the upcoming friendlies. The Blackburn winger has said that he should start ahead of the LA based Beckham on England's right wing.
Hopefully Capello will experiment over the two games in terms of both personnel and tactics. It could mean first caps for Joe Hart, Stephen Warnock, David Wheater, Phil Jagielka, Tom Huddlestone, Dean Ashton and Gabriel Agbonlahor. But defeat to either United States or Trinidad & Tobago would be highly embarrassing for Capello.
The Italian is sure to have been reminded of England's infamous 1-0 loss to the US of A way back in 1950 as well as going down to an Alexi Lalas inspired US back in 1993.Englan 0 USA 1