made England's captain for the friendly
The latest news from the
English squad a day before the friendly against Switzerland.
In preparation for the World Cup 2010 qualifying campaign, which
will start on 6 September against Andorra, England's new coach
Fabio Capello will have plenty of time to experiment with
different captains, but for the friendly game against
Switzerland on Wednesday, Capello has chosen Steven Gerrard to
fill in for injured John Terry. England will face off
Switzerland tomorrow at Wembley Stadium and the odds are
definitely on their side. At the British bookmaker
Bet365 England is listed with
odds 1.44 (4/9) to win and Switzerland is the ultimate underdog
with odds 9.50 (17/2), draw will pay out on 3.75 (11/4).
"Gerrard is important because he can
pass on things, transmit things and inspire the players. But I
will not name a permanent captain before the Andorra match,"
Fabio Capello commented. But the coach declined to elaborate on
his decision not to invite David Beckham to the squad for the
friendly on Wednesday. Meanwhile, David Beckham said he was
disappointed by Capello's decision, but he believes that it
would have been unfair to the squad if he were invited,
considering he has not played serious football for the past few
months. Beckham, who is one game short of winning 100 caps, also
said the decision to leave him off the team was no surprise.
And finally, Chelsea winger Shaun
Wright-Phillips rejoined the squad on Tuesday, after missing
practice the day before. According to Capello, Wright-Phillips
is in good shape and is ready for the friendly against
Switzerland, although he will not reveal his first starting
line-up until shortly before kick off.