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World Cup 2010: England boosted by Carrick return

Majority of players are happy - Capello

Michael Carrick returned to England training ahead of Wednesday's final World Cup group game against Slovenia in South Africa on Wednesday.

England need a win to guarantee their place in the knockout stages of the tournament and were boosted to see 22 of the 23-man squad at final training.

Midfielder Carrick had missed Monday's session with an ankle injury.

Ledley King was the only member of the squad not to train with the defender still recovering from a groin injury.

King picked up the problem in England's opening World Cup game.

Suspended defender Jamie Carragher also trained in Rustenburg as England made their final preparations ahead of the match in Port Elizabeth.


Matthew Upson will deputise for King and Carragher against Slovenia and is likely to partner John Terry - who was first out on the training pitch as he attempts to move on from the headlines of the last few days - in the centre of defence.

"We need to get the best out of ourselves and that's an individual thing as well as a team thing," said Upson.

"It's down to us as individuals to make sure we are in the right frame of mind and let it flow, let it happen and hold nothing back."

"Everyone was disappointed after the Algeria game. We have had to put that behind us and move on to the next game. It's all down now to the game on Wednesday."

Other selection issues for manager Fabio Capello include whether to keep faith with striker Emile Heskey or bring in Tottenham's Peter Crouch.

Capello could also consider a switch in formation, playing five in midfield, with Joe Cole or Shaun Wright-Phillips likely to come into contention.

England are without a victory at World Cup 2010 after drawing 1-1 with the United States in their opening game before being held to a goalless draw by Algeria on Friday.

A defeat against Slovenia would mean England are eliminated, while a draw would leave their fate depending on the result between the US and Algeria. Victory sends Capello's side through to the last 16.

Meanwhile, the Football Association has confirmed that England will wear an all-red kit on Wednesday .

England are undefeated in the four matches they have played in the all-red strip.

They wore it twice in 1962, in a 4-0 friendly win over Peru and a goalless draw with Bulgaria during the 1962 World Cup finals in Chile.

The Three Lions wore it again in 1963 for a 4-2 friendly win over Czechoslovakia.

The most recent outing for it came in a 3-1 friendly win against Belgium in 1970.

England have historically worn red shirts with white shorts and red socks as an away strip option.

But with Fifa mandating that teams offer a second and darker option for their change strips, England have been forced into the change.

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Team guide: Slovenia
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No rift in England camp - Lampard
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Highlights - England 0-0 Algeria
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