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Page last updated at 12:51 GMT, Sunday, 27 June 2010 13:51 UK

World Cup 2010: Upson to partner Terry against Germany

GERMANY v ENGLAND
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein Date: Sun, 27 June Kick-off: 1500 BST Coverage: Live on BBC1 and BBC Radio 5 live | Highlights on BBC1 (2255 BST) and BBC red button | Full repeat on BBC3 (0045 BST). Plus watch live, listen live, follow live text commentary and watch in-game highlights (UK only) on this website.

England captain Steven Gerrard and coach Fabio Capello

Gerrard and Capello are both confident Wayne Rooney will come good in front of goal

England manager Fabio Capello has named the same starting line-up that beat Slovenia 1-0 for Sunday's World Cup last-16 match against Germany.

It means Matthew Upson will partner John Terry in central defence, which was understood to be the only position that was a cause for debate.

After his goal against Slovenia, Capello has stuck with Jermain Defoe alongside Wayne Rooney up front.

Meanwhile, James Milner will start on the right of midfield.

Bastian Schweinsteiger is named in Germany's starting XI having recovered from a hamstring problem while left-back Jerome Boateng also makes the team despite worries he would miss out because of a calf injury.

Striker Cacau is out with a torn ligament.

Rooney hasn't scored in the past few games but he is always important for us with his movement

Fabio Capello

Meanwhile, England captain Steven Gerrard has backed striker Wayne Rooney to end his goal-scoring drought.

Rooney has not scored for England in a competitive match for nine months - although he was on target in a warm-up game against Platinum Stars - and has struggled at the World Cup so far.

But Gerrard said: "It's only a matter of time before Wayne scores in this tournament; hopefully that is tomorrow.

"I have every confidence he will play well. He played well in the last game and looks really sharp in training."

The Manchester United striker has not scored a competitive goal for his club or country since the end of March, but although he has yet to open his World Cup account, England coach Fabio Capello has praised the 24-year-old's overall contribution.

"Rooney is training very well, he is scoring a lot of goals in training and we hope tomorrow will be the same," said Capello.

"Always Rooney is a very good player. He hasn't scored in the past few games but he is always important for us with his movement and everything he does during the game."

The Italian has the luxury of having all his 23-man squad fit and available, with Rooney and Aaron Lennon having recovered from ankle knocks.

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On Friday, Capello said that the only selection dilemma facing him was who would partner Terry in the centre of defence.

"I know my team, you probably know the same," said the Italian.

"You know the first 10 players that will play, except for one."

After Rio Ferdinand was ruled out through injury on the eve of the tournament, Capello started with King and Terry as his centre-back partnership in the 1-1 draw with the United States.

But when King limped out of the game against the US at half-time, Terry was partnered by Carragher, who kept the shirt against Algeria until a second yellow card ruled him out against Slovenia.

Upson started that decisive match and produced a strong performance which included a goal-saving challenge in the closing moments.

We are near enough at full strength and everyone is vying for a starting place

Stuart Pearce

A good omen for the Terry-Upson centre-back pairing, and for England, is that the last time the two sides met, in November 2008, England beat Germany 2-1 in Berlin with Upson scoring the opener and Terry heading the winner six minutes from time.

England lost on penalties to the Germans in the semi-finals of Italia 90 and Euro 96 but can also look back on victories in Euro 2000 and the 1966 World Cup final, though Capello is anxious not to build the hype surrounding the fixture.

"To go forward you have to beat all the teams," he said.

"Germany is one of those teams, not more. I respect Germany but I think also Germany respects us."

England trained at their Royal Bafokeng base in Rustenburg on Saturday before flying to Bloemfontein, after Fifa decreed the pitch at the Free State Stadium was not fit enough for both teams to practise on 24 hours before kick-off.

Capello has already used 19 players this tournament with only four players - Joe Hart, Stephen Warnock, Michael Dawson and Michael Carrick - yet to see any action, but coach coach Stuart Pearce said everyone in the squad has a role to play.

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"We are buoyant at the moment," Pearce told the FA website.

"We have Jamie Carragher back from suspension and Ledley King back as well, so we are near enough at full strength and everyone is vying for a starting place.

"When you come to these tournaments you stress to the players that it is a squad situation and you can only win the World Cup with a squad.

"Sometimes one or two players take that with a pinch of salt if they don't start the first couple of games, but when you use 19 out of 23 in the first three matches, it could eventually become all 23 if we are lucky enough to progress."

Six members of the Germany squad who could face England on Sunday featured when Pearce's England Under-21 team were hammered 4-0 in last summer's European Championship final in Sweden.

Star-man Mesut Ozil scored for Germany in that game and came up against England's James Milner.

"The Germans have brought through a number of players from last summer who are doing particularly well," said Pearce.

"The likes of Ozil and Manuel Neuer have had an impact already as well as one or two others, so if I can have a little bit of knowledge from researching these players last summer I'll certainly feed that in."



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