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World Cup 2010: Gerrard hopes to gain from Barry return

Venue: Cape Town Stadium Date: 18 June Time: 1930 BST Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live and ITV1; live text commentary and in-depth analysis on BBC Sport website Full details of BBC World Cup coverage

Fabio Capello

Capello tight-lipped on keeper choice

England captain Steven Gerrard said he is looking forward to playing a more advanced role against Algeria following Gareth Barry's return to the first XI.

Barry has shaken off an ankle injury and will anchor the England midfield in their second World Cup game on Friday.

"I should imagine I will play in a more forward and attacking role and that suits me," said the midfielder.

"It's great to have Gareth back and available, hopefully he'll provide protection for the two centre-halves."

England coach Fabio Capello remained tight-lipped about who else would feature in his first XI for the crunch Group C game in Cape Town.

"I have made up my mind, but I will announce the team on Friday and the players will find out on Friday," said the Italian, sticking to his policy of revealing his selection on the day of a match.


Both the goalkeeping slot and the make-up of the forward line have been debated since the 1-1 draw against the United States.

Starting strikers Wayne Rooney and Emile Heskey failed to hit the target during the opening game.

And Capello revealed that he has contemplated whether to pick Heskey or Tottenham's Jermain Defoe to partner Rooney for the Algeria game.

Heskey set up England's goal against the US for Gerrard but later wasted a golden opportunity when one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

Defoe has 11 goals in 40 internationals, compared with Heskey's record of seven in 59, who Capello favoured in qualifying.

"I could possibly change the type of forward," he added.

"Heskey is important for his movement at this moment, but Defoe is also important."

Regarding dropping West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green, whose calamitous mistake resulted in the US equaliser, Capello responded diplomatically.

I can make mistakes but I choose the players at this moment who is the best

England's coach

"I think Green was in good form, he played very well against Mexico," said the 63-year-old.

"Some keepers are making mistakes. The problem is the ball, the bounce is higher than normal.

"I think all the players can make mistakes.

"But I have to choose by the value of different players, not for mistakes."

Following that response, Capello was asked whether he had made any mistakes himself, having been criticised in the English media following England's opening fixture.

"All managers can make mistakes," he said.

England's Robert Green

Highlights - England 1-1 USA

"I decided the best players I saw during training, I decided the first XI and who I think was the best player who can play.

"I can make mistakes but I choose the players at this moment who is the best."

Friday's opponents Algeria lost to Slovenia in their first game, but Capello said he was not going to underestimate the north African side.

It will be a big mistake to think this game will be easy

Capello on Algeria

"I respect the team," he added.

"They have scored a lot of goals. Algeria are dangerous at free-kicks and corners. Also on counter-attack they play very well.

"I saw all the games that have been played. Not one game is easy. It will be a big mistake to think this game will be easy."

Meanwhile, Capello said he was not as impressed as many were with Germany's 4-0 win over 10-man Australia.

His comments follow Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer's criticism of England's performance against the US which he described as a step back to the dark ages of "kick and rush" football.

"They played a good game when they played 11 against 10," said the Italian.

"I don't think the back four of Australia played well tactically."

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Green should keep place - Shilton
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Rooney back in England training
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Beckenbauer attacks England style
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Injured King out for three weeks
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