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Capello 'calm' over withdrawals

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY: Germany v England
Venue: Olympic Stadium, Berlin Date: Wed, 19 November Kick-off: 1945 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live and ITV1; Live text commentary on BBC Sport website
Fabio Capello
Capello has 'no dispute' with Liverpool or Chelsea, say the FA

England manager Fabio Capello is not angry with clubs over the loss of key players for Wednesday's friendly against Germany, the FA has claimed.

England will be without Steven Gerrard (groin injury) and Frank Lampard (rib) and both are said to be "gutted" to miss the match in Berlin.

Capello has previously been critical of player withdrawals.

But the FA's Adrian Bevington told BBC Radio 5 Live Capello "didn't seem to be fuming" and there was "no dispute".

Fulham's Jimmy Bullard and Scott Parker of West Ham have been added to the squad to replace Liverpool skipper Gerrard and Chelsea midfielder Lampard.

But England captain John Terry, who has been struggling with a foot injury, is expected to be available.

The Chelsea defender picked up the knock against West Brom at the weekend but completed a full England training session on Monday.

Carrick hopes for England chance

Capello insisted that Gerrard report for duty on Sunday despite his club saying he would be unavailable after picking up the injury at Bolton on Saturday.

And a check by the FA's medical staff confirmed the extent of the injury with Gerrard returning to the north-west having made a round trip of close to 400 miles.

"Gerrard reported for duty Sunday night, was assessed by the medics, scanned Monday morning, it's a legitimate injury and he goes back to his club for treatment," said Bevington.

"Obviously Capello is disappointed that he's losing players.

"I've spoken personally with both players on Monday morning, they're gutted about it.

"I've spoken with Gary Lewin, our physio, and he has absolutely no issue - he's looked at them both and they go back having been scanned."

Steven Gerrard (left) and Frank Lampard
Both Gerrard (left) and Lampard picked up injuries at the weekend
Capello can now call upon just four of his likely first-choice line-up for England's first visit to the German capital since 1972.

Manchester United trio Wayne Rooney, Wes Brown and Rio Ferdinand, along with Chelsea team-mates Ashley and Joe Cole and Wigan striker Emile Heskey are all sidelined with injuries.

While some Premier League managers may see the friendly as an unnecessary distraction, Manchester United's Michael Carrick has defended the match against the three-time World Cup winners, describing it as "the stuff of dreams".

"If you ask any player if they want to play in England against Germany they will tell you it is a massive game," said the midfielder.

"It is one I watched when I was growing up and wished that I would one day play in. It is not a hindrance at all, it is a massive honour.

"It is England versus Germany in Berlin at Olympic Stadium. The players are desperate to be a part of it."

Former skipper David Beckham, who is one cap away from equalling Bobby Moore's tally of 108 caps, has been left out of the squad. Beckham has not played since Los Angeles Galaxy's season finished on 26 October after they failed to make the Major League Soccer play-offs.

Capello has made it clear he will only pick players who are playing regularly, and the 33-year-old Beckham will be inactive until he joins Italian side AC Milan on loan in January.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart has an ankle injury and has been replaced by Paul Robinson.

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Blackburn's Robinson, who has 41 caps, joins fellow keepers David James of Portsmouth and West Brom's Scott Carson.

Despite the injuries to Heskey and Rooney, Capello has opted not to recall striker Michael Owen, who scored for Newcastle in their draw with Wigan on Saturday.

Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne - currently on loan at Wolves - was a surprise inclusion in Capello's squad.

Mancienne, who is yet to play for the Chelsea first team, joins uncapped Aston Villa duo Curtis Davies, 23 and Gabriel Agbonlahor, 22, in a youthful England setup.

Germany, meanwhile, are set to hand starts to midfielders Jermaine Jones and Simon Rolfes, in the absence of Michael Ballack and Torsten Frings.

Chelsea's Ballack misses out after having a foot operation, while Frings has been left out to give younger players experience.

Germany have four uncapped players in their squad, in goalkeeper Tim Wiese, defenders Marvin Compper and Marcel Schaefer and midfielder Tobias Weis.

Coach Joachim Loew said: "I don't know how it will work yet but I want to give a chance to some or all of them. They're not in the squad by accident."


England squad: Carson, Robinson, James, Bridge, Davies, Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Mancienne, Richards, Upson, Barry, Carrick, Downing, Bullard, Parker, Wright-Phillips, A Young, Agbonlahor, Bent, Crouch, Defoe, Walcott.

Germany squad: Adler, Wiese, Compper, Friedrich, Hinkel, Mertesacker, Schaefer, Tasci, Westermann, Hitzlsperger, Jones, Marin, Rolfes, Schweinsteiger, Trochowski, Weis, Gomez, Helmes, Klose, Podolski.

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