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Fabio Capello urges England fans to be patient

Venue: Wembley Stadium Date: Wednesday, 17 November Kick-off: 2000 GMT
Coverage details: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live; live text commentary and full reports on BBC Sport website & mobiles; live on ITV1 from 1930 GMT

Fabio Capello and the England squad
Capello (left) used the example of Germany, who beat England at the World Cup

Manager Fabio Capello wants fans to be patient with England's youngsters in Wednesday's friendly against France.

Andy Carroll, 21, and Jordan Henderson, 20, will make their debut while Kieran Gibbs, 21, is set for his first start.

"I hope the performance of these young players will be really good, but the fans must understand that we could burn these players if it is not," he said.

"We have to help them. Playing in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley, it is not the same as playing for the under-21s."

The Italian added: "The value of this game is different. They need time to improve, to play confidently and without fear."

Capello is eager to blood new players but feels the trio of Newcastle striker Carroll, Sunderland midfielder Henderson and Arsenal defender Gibbs must be surrounded by experience.

He pointed to Germany as an example of what can be achieved, and in doing so referred to a team who knocked England out of the World Cup with a painful 4-1 defeat in their last-16 match.


Joachim Low's side eventually came third in South Africa as their group of largely unknown youngsters captured the imagination with a succession of brilliant performances.

"Germany built their team step by step. If we want that, we must put them in two, three at a time, not five or six," added Capello.

Former Real Madrid and Juventus manager Capello now hopes to develop a team of fresh talent in time for the European Championships in 2012, but he has warned that the transition is not always smooth.

"When I have done this with my club team some played very well immediately, others needed more time," he said.

"But the value of these players is really big. We have to help them."

Jack Wilshere would have been involved in the match had the 18-year-old not been forced to head back to Arsenal for treatment on an injury he picked up in Sunday's win at Everton.

Manchester City defender Micah Richards could also start for England if Everton's Phil Jagielka does not recover from the virus that prevented him from training on Tuesday.

England's first-choice goalkeeper, Manchester City's Joe Hart, has been ruled out after injuring his back in training.

Birmingham's Ben Foster stands by for a first international start in 12 months.


Foster (Birmingham), Hart (Manchester City), Green (West Ham); Cahill (Bolton), Gibbs (Arsenal), Jagielka (Everton), Lescott (Manchester City), Richards (Manchester City), Ferdinand (Manchester United), Smalling (Manchester United), Warnock (Aston Villa); Walcott (Arsenal), A Young (Aston Villa), Gerrard (Liverpool), Barry (Manchester City), A Johnson (Manchester City), Milner (Manchester City), Henderson (Sunderland); Bothroyd (Cardiff), Carroll (Newcastle), Crouch (Tottenham), C Cole (West Ham).

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see also
England 1-2 France
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Ancelotti plays down Terry fears
19 Nov 10 |  Chelsea
Shearer backs Carroll for England
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Bothroyd eager to make his mark
15 Nov 10 |  Football
The fall and rise of Jay Bothroyd
15 Nov 10 |  Cardiff
Wenger admits Bothroyd 'regret'
15 Nov 10 |  Cardiff
Henderson not intimidated by call-up
15 Nov 10 |  Football
Trio pull out of England friendly
14 Nov 10 |  Football
France name squad to face England
10 Nov 10 |  Football
Wenger backs Carroll for England
08 Nov 10 |  Newcastle
Carroll pleads guilty to assault
25 Oct 10 |  Tyne

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