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Capello warns injury-hit players

Fabio Capello
Capello has insisted on a fit squad for the World Cup finals

England boss Fabio Capello has issued a warning that he will only take fully-fit players to the World Cup finals in South Africa next summer.

Capello was speaking ahead of the friendly against Brazil, where there are concerns over the sustained fitness of Rio Ferdinand and Ledley King.

"The players with us in South Africa will be all fit. It's impossible to wait for one player," said Capello.

"Little things are OK, but bigger problems and they will not be there."

The Italian has noted the mistakes of predecessors in taking semi-fit players to major tournaments and is determined to bring as fresh a squad as possible to the finals.

And there may yet be question marks over Ferdinand's condition as this season gathers pace.

The Manchester United defender had to wait until the end of October to play three consecutive matches, straight after an international qualification double-header, but that run ended with him missing matches against Barnsley, Blackburn and CSKA Moscow.

He will miss the Premier League fixture against Chelsea this weekend with a calf injury that could be related to a lower back complaint.

"If you have to recover someone it's no good," stated Capello.

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"If Rio will play the games before the last squad, for me he is fit and will go to the World Cup. In that situation he can stay.

"When we go it will not be the warm season, when it is easier to recover. It will be cold in South Africa."

Capello also raised doubts over defender King and goalkeeper David James in particular.

"We spoke about King and it is impossible for him to stay with us. Sometimes he trains Friday to play Saturday," added Capello.

"He's (James) is playing well but his problem is he can't train for two days after each game so it's one problem we have to decide.

"I'm happy because (Ben) Foster played well, (Robert) Green plays well. And James has this problem and we have to decide what we'll do. I'm happy with the keepers, no problem."

The England boss did, however, give some hope to Darren Bent as the Sunderland striker aims to book his place in next summer's squad.

Capello explained: "He's playing very well and scoring goals. He's improved a lot this year. Sometimes it's very important for a player to play."

England play the Brazilians in Doha, Qatar on Saturday and Capello knows it will be, unsurprisingly, a serious test.

He said: "I think it will be important for us to understand where we are.

"It is very important to note the different style that they play.

"Also we are playing against players at a very high level. This is very, very important. The same problems we will have to face at the World Cup.

"Brazil play like a team now, not waiting for a stroke of genius from one player."



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