Match: England v Andorra
Venue: Wembley, London
Date: Wednesday 10th June
Kickoff: 20:15 GMT
Competition: World Cup Qualifying
The match itself is expected to be a straight-forward affair with England looking to record their 7th consecutive win in World Cup qualifying and move within touching distance of qualification for South Africa 2010.
Rio Ferdinand and Gareth Barry miss out through injury and suspension respectively, while David Beckham, Glen Johnson and Emile Heskey are each a yellow card away from suspension. Given Andorra’s propensity to make the game physical and narrow and with England playing the crucial game against Croatia next on 9th September, Capello may rest one or two of these players to ensure their availability next time around.
Two players who will definitely play are Rooney and Walcott, despite concerns about Rooney’s temperament and Walcott’s form, with Capello of the opinion that time on the pitch will benefit the players more than off it.
Barry’s absence coupled with injuries to Carrick and Hargreaves means that England are short of defensive options in central midfield although that’s unlikely to cause any problems against Andorra, where Capello’s main concern will be to ensure that his team keep the ball down and pass well. England should be able to wrap this up in the first half, although with the quality on hand Andorra might be out of it by the 20th minute.
Expected England Starting Lineup: Green; Johnson, Terry, Upson, Cole; Walcott, Lampard, Gerrard, Young; Crouch, Rooney.