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complete to and including England's last match, the sixth of the 2010-11 season,
against Denmark on 9 February 2011.
Sunday, 7 February 2010 -
England will re-unite with one of their
oldest rivals when they meet neighbours Wales in their UEFA Euro 2012
qualifying campaign, but they'll also face Montenegro for the very
first time. ngland also take on Switzerland, who were Fabio
Capello's first opponents as England manager almost two years ago to
the day. The other Group G opponent will be Bulgaria.
Monday, 15 March 2010 -
At a meeting in Zurich the participant
countries of Group G failed to reach agreement over the fixture
progamme for the Euro 2012 qualification games.
Thursday, 25 March 2010 -
UEFA have completed the draw for the
qualification process for Euro 2012 at UEFA ExCo in Israel, with
England now knowing their fixture schedule in Group G. England
begin with Bulgaria at home on Friday 3 September, before travelling
to Switzerland four days later.
Tuesday, 15 March
- Fabio Capello said he is considering
relieving Rio Ferdinand of his captaincy duties and handing the role back to
former skipper John Terry. Injured Ferdinand misses the Euro 2012
qualifier against Wales on 26 March. Last year, Terry was stripped of the
armband and Capello wants to avoid it being passed around like it was in
February's friendly against Denmark. With vice-captain Steven Gerrard also out
with a hernia injury, Capello is expected to formally announce the decision
before the encounter at the Millennium Stadium.
"I was really upset about what happened in Denmark,
when I saw the players saying 'who is the captain?'. After one year of
punishment, it was not the best moment for John Terry to see this. For
that reason I need to make a decision - and it will be a permanent decision, not
just one game."
That way he will avoid a repeat of the situation in
Copenhagen last month where the armband was given to Frank Lampard but then
passed on to Gareth Barry and finally Ashley Cole when the former pair were
Ferdinand is said 'to be upset' about the matter and it will be discussed with
thesquad when they meet up next week for the Wales match. It is clear that
the continued absence of the former Manchester United captain through calf and
back injuries is a frustration. But Capello believes Ferdinand will
understand the issue he has been confronted with.
Capello also said he believed Jack Wilshere will be a
future England captain and said he was "the best young midfielder" he had seen
for his age. After making his debut against Hungary on 11 August last
year, the 19-year-old Arsenal midfielder was not restored to the team until the
Denmark friendly last month. "It is incredible, in this last seven months,
he improved a lot. After that very first game I was not sure because he didn't
play with a lot of confidence and following the Denmark game, some people were
surprised when I said I was really happy with his performance. But he
played with confidence and without fear. He tried to do the same things he
usually does when he plays for Arsenal and everyone can understand his value
after the games against Barcelona. I followed him. I monitored him during
the game in Barcelona. Against the most difficult team, one of the best teams of
all, he played the same game, with the same confidence that he did in the first
leg in London. He will be England captain one day. Jack Wilshere needs
more caps but he is a real leader. I saw how he spoke with the referee and
how he spoke to the other players. It is difficult to find someone so young with
such a big personality. I remember two defenders, Paolo Maldini and Franco
Baresi, and one attacker, Raul, who was 19 at Real Madrid, but for personality
and confidence on the pitch, he is the best young midfielder I have seen for his
Sunday morning, 20
- Fabio Capello says Terry will lead England again by confirming that John Terry
will captain England permanently. Capello has made the decision as he
prepares for another crucial Euro 2012 qualifier, in Cardiff against Wales next
Saturday. Capello revealed that seeing the armband passed around in
Copenhagen played a part in his decision. "I was really focused on the
Wales game, I think a lot about this game and the captain. I decided that John
Terry will be the captain for this game, because after the game that we played
in Copenhagen, the armband was passed around and I was upset for him.
After what happened I decided that John Terry after one year of punishment, will
be the permanent captain." Capello was clear that he has been impressed by
Terry's attitude since losing the armband a year ago. Capello admitted:
"He is the same. He is a player in himself leader, is a leader always on the
pitch, outside of the pitch all the time."
(8:30 pm), 20 March 2011
- Fabio Capello has named a squad of 26 players to face Wales and Ghana, with a
first call-up for Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Matthew Jarvis. Kyle Walker
retains his place in the defensive ranks following his first senior call last
month for the game against Denmark. Phil Jagielka returns to the squad along
with Aaron Lennon and Andy Carroll, all three players missed the game in
Copenhagen. For Carroll it is his first return to the England squad
following his move to Liverpool, the 22-year-old forward made his debut against
France last November and recently returned from injury to make his first
appearances for the Anfield club.
Friday, 25 March
- Ben Foster has pulled out of the squad because of a throat infection. West
Brom keeper Scott Carson has replaced his Birmingham counterpart for the match
at the Millennium Stadium.