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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 February 2008, 15:14 GMT
Wright-Phillips fit for England
Shaun Wright-Phillips
Wright-Phillips was available for England's kit launch on Monday
England v Switzerland
Date: Wednesday, 6 February
Kick-off: 2000 GMT
Venue: Wembley Stadium
BBC Coverage: Live on BBC One, Radio 5 Live and the BBC Sport website

Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has returned to training and is fit for England's friendly international against Switzerland on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old missed Monday's session at Wembley but trained with the other 21 players at London Colney on Tuesday.

"Shaun trained with the rest of the squad, so everyone is fit for the game," said England boss Fabio Capello.

Capello will not reveal his first starting line-up as boss until shortly before the 2000 GMT kick off.

The Italian added: "It is my custom to tell the players the team just before we leave the hotel on the way to the ground."

We have great confidence that David will be able to make that right-hand side of the field for England his own

Mark Hughes on David Bentley

Portsmouth's Jermain Defoe was called into the England squad on Sunday after fellow striker Gabriel Agbonlahor was forced to withdraw.

Aston Villa's Agbonlahor, 21, injured his hamstring during the first half of Sunday's 2-1 defeat by Fulham but has joined up with the squad in a non-playing capacity.

Defoe, who was left out of Capello's initial 30-man party, scored on his debut for Portsmouth in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

England will also be without Emile Heskey for the game at Wembley.

The Wigan frontman was another casualty following the weekend's Premier League matches.

Meanwhile, Blackburn manager Mark Hughes has urged Capello to give midfielder David Bentley his first start for the national team.

The 23-year-old, who has two substitute appearances to his name, is set to battle it out with Chelsea's Wright-Phillips for the right-sided berth after both were preferred to David Beckham.


"We're delighted for David," Hughes told the club's official website.

"He's consistently hit a level that has enabled him to shine in games for us and, in fairness, when he has been involved in squads with England before.

"What we hope now is that he's going to get an opportunity to start games and, if that's the case, then we have great confidence that David will be able to make that right-hand side of the field for England his own.

"He just needs the opportunity to start games and if he does, then people will see the quality that he could offer."

Hughes is not so happy that Capello has overlooked left-back Stephen Warnock.

"My understanding was that Mr Capello was at our game against Villa last week and I have to say that I thought Stephen Warnock was, along with probably Andre Ooijer, our outstanding performer on the day," added Hughes.

"He's obviously seen what Stephen can do but I guess the other left-backs must be playing exceptionally well."

Switzerland will be captained by Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos, while Manchester City midfielder Gelson Fernandes is also expected to feature

"It is a good team, but not the strongest one because we have many injured players like Alex Frei, Ludovic Magnin, Johan Djourou and Marco Streller," said head coach Kobi Kuhn.

"We can be better than we will be against England, but it will be still be a Swiss team that deserves a great deal of respect."

"We are not high in the rankings because we have had no qualification matches - but we should not forget that after the 2006 World Cup, we were up into 13th place."

England's squad to play Switzerland:

Goalkeepers: David James (Portsmouth), Scott Carson (Liverpool on loan at Aston Villa), Chris Kirkland (Wigan)

Defenders: Wayne Bridge (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Wes Brown (Manchester United), Joleon Lescott (Everton), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Matthew Upson (West Ham United), Jonathan Woodgate (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Aston Villa), Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham Hotspur), Owen Hargreaves (Manchester United), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Ashley Young (Aston Villa), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Chelsea), David Bentley (Blackburn Rovers)

Forwards: Michael Owen (Newcastle United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Peter Crouch (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham on loan at Portsmouth)

Switzerland (probable): Benaglio; Spycher, Eggimann, Senderos, Lichtsteiner; Fernandes, Inler; Barnetta, Gygax, Yakin; Nkufo

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