Capello can take a squad of 23 players to South Africa
England coach Fabio Capello says the players' fitness levels will be key when he selects the 23-man squad for the 2010 World Cup.
Capello has a list of up to 37 players he is looking at as he weighs up who will make the trip to South Africa.
"When I select a squad I select players to play every game. He has to be able to play, not wait 10 days to play another game," said the Italian.
That may spell bad news for the injury-prone Michael Owen and Ledley King.
Manchester United striker Owen is currently out with a groin injury, while Spurs defender King's knee problems mean he struggles to train and cannot play two games in a row.
Last week, Capello travelled to Old Trafford to watch Owen play against Wolfsburg only for the striker, who has started just once for the Italian in a friendly, to go off after 20 minutes with a recurring groin injury.
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"I arrived at the last moment in Manchester to see him," said Capello.
"The knee of Ledley King is another problem, for Tottenham, for (Spurs manager) Harry Redknapp, for me. If he's fit it's better for me because he is one of the best defenders."
Capello will announce his squad on Sunday for the World Cup qualifiers against Ukraine on 10 October and Belarus four days later.
The former AC Milan, Roma, Juventus and Real Madrid coach intends to start with his strongest possible 11 players against Ukraine, despite having already secured qualification.
But he offered hope to fringe players like Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick, Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor and Sunderland forward Darren Bent.
"It's possible that some new players will play in one of the next two games," said Capello. "I'm not sure if it will be the first or the second.
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