England depleted by withdrawals

Chelsea's Frank Lampard could captain England

Chelsea’s Frank Lampard could captain England

England manager Fabio Capello is facing a selection headache for his side’s friendly match with Denmark following the withdrawals of Steven Gerrard, Ben Foster, and Peter Crouch.

This follows England captain Rio Ferdinand pulling up in the warm-up during Manchester United’s 2-1 loss to Wolves at the weekend, and Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor pulling out of the squad due to personal reasons.

Gerrard picked up a groin injury during Liverpool’s victory over Chelsea on Sunday and although he will join up with the England squad, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has confirmed that his captain will play no part in the international match.

Due to Capello’s captain and vice-captain both missing it looks likely that the Italian will hand the armband to Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard. Lampard has been missing for much of this season through injury although he has returned in the last few weeks.

Capello’s other option for captain would appear to be Lampard’s Chelsea team mate John Terry, however the England manager appears reluctant to rely on Terry again having sacked him as his captain last year.

With the omissions through injury Aston Villa left-back Kyle Walker gets his first England call up. The 20 year old Tottenham player is on loan to Villa having been deemed surplus to requirements by Spurs boss Harry Rednapp. The former Sheffield United youngster has played just six times in the Premier League so far, but recently scored his first goal in the English topflight having previously converted from being a striker during his development at Sheffield United.

England take on Denmark on Wednesday 9 February at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.

England squad:

Robert Green (West Ham), Joe Hart (Man City), David Stockdale (Fulham); Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Bolton), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Michael Dawson (Tottenham), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Man City), John Terry (Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Aston Villa); Gareth Barry (Man City), Stewart Downing (Aston Villa), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Man City), Scott Parker (West Ham), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Aston Villa); Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Carlton Cole (West Ham), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd)

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