All information is
complete to and including England's last match, the fourth of the 2008-09 season,
against Kazakhstan on 11 October 2008.
25 November 2007 - England will meet Croatia
again after the European Qualification Draw for the 2010 World Cup was made
today in Durban, South Africa. The Three Lions were also drawn with Ukraine,
Belarus, Andorra and Kazakhstan.
Wednesday, 14 January
2008 - In Zagreb, Croatia, the fixture
list is finalised for the UEFA Qualification Group Six.
Sunday, 5 October
2008 - Fabio Capello has left Michael Owen out of his
23-man squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Belarus.
Capello felt the 28-year-old was not sufficiently match fit for the wins over
Andorra and Croatia in September. But Owen has completed 90 minutes in
each of Newcastle's six games since then, scoring three goals. Joe Cole is
out with a foot injury but Steven Gerrard returns and Peter Crouch and Shaun
Wright-Phillips earn recalls.
Tuesday, 7 October
2008 - Captain John Terry was one of four absentees from England
training today ahead of Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan.
The Chelsea defender felt a niggle in his back during his side's 2-0 win over
Aston Villa on Sunday and was reduced to gym work ahead of the Wembley tie.
He was joined by club team-mate Ashley Cole, Manchester United's Wes Brown and
Stewart Downing of Middlesbrough. However, all four are expected to take a
full part in training tomorrow.
Wednesday, 8 October
2008 - John Terry remains a doubt for Saturday's World Cup qualifier with Kazakhstan
after failing to complete training today. Although playing some
part today is an improvement after Terry sat out the whole of yesterday's
training, his back problem is clearly still an issue. England's medical
staff will continue to assess Terry's fitness. Ashley Cole, Wes Brown and
Stewart Downing all returned to training having missed the yesterday's
Thursday, 9 October
2008 - John Terry still remains a major doubt for Saturday's World Cup
qualifier with Kazakhstan because of a recurring back injury. The
27-year-old did not train today after failing to complete yesterday's session.
It is the second day of training Terry has been forced to miss after he sat out
the workout on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Wigan striker Emile Heskey resumed
training after also suffering from a back problem and is set to play.
The 30-year-old had joined Terry on the sidelines yesterday.
Friday, 10 October
2008 - John Terry will miss tomorrow's match against Kazakhstan because
of a back injury. Fabio Capello said that fellow centre-back Rio Ferdinand
will take the armband at Wembley in his absence. Everton's Joleon Lescott
or West Ham's Matthew Upson are likely to partner the Manchester United man at
the back. Terry may, however, be fit for England's game in Belarus on
Wednesday but will have to return to training on Sunday or Monday at the latest.
After confirming the absence of Chelsea skipper Terry for
Saturday's match, Capello placed his faith in whoever his replacement will be.
"It is a problem in the back for Terry. But we have plenty of players, we
have the substitutes, I am sure the substitute of John Terry will play well."
Monday, 13 October
2008 - England will be without John Terry and Ashley Cole for
Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Belarus.
The England captain has failed to recover from a back
injury, while his Chelsea team-mate Cole has been ruled out with a hamstring
injury. "It's disappointing to lose two very experienced players in John
Terry and Ashley Cole for the game in Belarus," said England manager Fabio
"Unfortunately they have no chance of playing, so it is best
they return to Chelsea."
Rio Ferdinand stood in as captain in a match that saw
Cole targeted by home fans after a mistake that led to the visitors' goal.
Cole strained his right hamstring in that victory and a scan on Sunday revealed
he will not be fit enough for the match against Belarus. Terry resumed
running and some light gym work on Sunday but did not train on Monday and will
not join the rest of the squad as they fly out to Minsk on Tuesday morning.
Capello now needs to decide whether Matthew Upson, after a less-than-convincing
outing on Saturday, will remain alongside Ferdinand at the heart of England's
defence, while Cole is likely to be replaced by Wayne Bridge at left-back.
Robert Green is also out because of a knee injury.
Tuesday, 14 October
2008 - Fabio Capello will assess his options before deciding who will
start their World Cup qualifier against Belarus in Minsk. Skipper John
Terry is still injured, while left-back Ashley Cole has been ruled out with a
hamstring injury. Matthew Upson deputised for Terry against Kazakhstan,
while Wayne Bridge is the favourite to replace Cole.
Capello called up goalkeeper Joe Hart and central
defender David Wheater from the Under-21 squad as reinforcements.
The pair played in the Under-21s' 2-2 draw with Wales at
Villa Park on Tuesday that saw them reach next summer's European Championship
finals. After the game they flew straight to Minsk along with coach Stuart
Pearce and will join up with the squad for a training session on Wednesday.
Gabriel Agbonlahor was also scheduled to make the trip but he has been forced to
pull out after picking up a hamstring injury against Wales.