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Capello plans injury check regime

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

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Capello played down claims of friction between the clubs and England

England coach Fabio Capello will demand injured players are checked by national team doctors ahead of internationals.

The build-up to England's friendly with Germany on Wednesday has been dominated by the absence of several first-choice regulars, most notably Steven Gerrard.

"We decided to check all the players to see if it was possible for them to recover or not," said Capello.

"From now on, the rule will be that our doctor will check the physical condition of the players."

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was ruled out of the game by his club after tearing his adductor muscle during their 2-0 victory over Bolton on Saturday.

In the world of football there are five or six very important teams, who play at roughly the same level - one of them is Germany but also one of them is England

Fabio Capello

Told to report to England's Hertfordshire hotel on Monday, Gerrard was then sent back to Merseyside when it was agreed he would not be fit to play in Berlin.

Responding to claims that relations between the Premier League clubs and England are strained, Capello said: "The fact is these players are injured.

"I was a club manager. I understand the managers' positions but that has nothing to do with this situation.

"We checked Gerrard because he went off in the last minute of Liverpool's game against Bolton and we found he is injured.

"I have no concerns with the clubs. There is a good relationship. I spoke privately, not only to (Liverpool boss) Rafael Benitez but other managers as well, but what was said will remain private."

As well as Gerrard, Capello must do without Chelsea's Frank Lampard and Ashley and Joe Cole, the Manchester United trio of Wayne Rooney, Wes Brown and Rio Ferdinand, Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart and the latest withdrawal, Theo Walcott of Arsenal.

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The Italian will, however, turn to his remaining experienced players against the Euro 2008 runners-up.

It is a match Capello feels pits two of the world's top national teams against each other and he is delighted with the progress made by England since he succeeded Steve McClaren in December 2007.

"Every game is important and it will be interesting for me," he said. "I'm sure we will play a good game because I have confidence in my players and my team. I'm sure the first XI will play without fear and with confidence.

"The first XI will be players who have played before with the national team. Perhaps some of the younger players will play in the second half.

"I am very happy for the position we are in and the results and performances. We have built a strong group and I am really content with our work.

"In the world of football there are five or six very important teams, who play at roughly the same level. One of them is Germany but also one of them is England."

There is no such thing as a Germany-England friendly given the history of the fixture

John Terry

Captain Terry says the match will give England the chance to avenge their 2-1 defeat by Germany at Wembley in August 2007.

"These games are still massively important - especially coming here to play the Germans who beat us 15 months ago at Wembley," said Terry.

"That setback is still in the back of my mind, losing in front of our own fans to Germany given the history between the two sides over many years.

"I can assure you the game certainly means a lot to us as players. I know there are a couple of injuries and a few people have pulled out, but the squad is coming here to win and the manager has stressed that from day one."

Terry added that matches against Germany will always carry extra significance given the history between the two sides.

"You go back to the World Cup final of 1966 but in my time, the 5-1 win over Germany in Munich really sticks out," said the Chelsea defender. "That was a fantastic night for English football.

"Everyone involved here this week is coming here to win the game and we know the relevance of the game for everyone.

"There is no such thing as a Germany-England friendly given the history of the fixture."

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see also
Shoulder injury rules out Walcott
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Capello 'calm' over withdrawals
17 Nov 08 |  Internationals
Pick your England XI
31 Aug 07 |  Internationals
Terry supports Mancienne call-up
16 Nov 08 |  Internationals
Man City suffer Hart injury blow
17 Nov 08 |  Man City
Gerrard misses England qualifiers
28 Aug 08 |  Liverpool
Frings not picked to face England
13 Nov 08 |  Internationals
Alan Hansen's column
10 Nov 08 |  Football
Bent relieved by Redknapp arrival
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