Captain Lampard - but Capello sticks by Terry for Sweden

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

 

Fabio Capello's determination that John Terry should not be judged on a negative reputation means that he may lead out the England side against Sweden a week tomorrow, though Frank Lampard is emerging as the most likely captain to face Spain on Saturday, a game in which Terry will play no part.

Capello, who feels that he have been left by the Football Association with the responsibility of deciding whether Terry should play, believes he will have a clearer picture of the substance of the racism allegations made by Queen's Park Rangers' Anton Ferdinand by next weekend. That makes Terry's selection to start against the Swedes more likely, to the manager's mind.

Publicly, Capello insists that the decision not to play Terry at Wembley on Saturday is a footballing one, designed to help him assess how Phil Jagielka, Gary Cahill and Joleon Lescott fare against the world's best international forward line. But with such an absence of possible captains – Capello may even turn to Gareth Barry if Lampard does not win a place on merit – the omission looks like a convenient way of removing him from press conferences and the general England spotlight at this time.

Capello, who gave Daniel Sturridge and Jack Rodwell their first call-ups in one of the most youthful squads of his England tenure last night, faced immediate dissent from Manchester City's Micah Richards, who was surprisingly left out for Glen Johnson at right-back."Well well well!!!! Disappointed is an understatement!!" tweeted Richards, whose performance in last month's Manchester derby typified his improved form this season. But Capello, who was so unconvinced of Richards' consistency that he selected uncapped Phil Jones ahead of him against Montenegro last month, viewed him in City's 3-2 win at QPR on Saturday and left Loftus Road still unconvinced. Johnson has started only three games for Kenny Dalglish this season.

Another player yet to convince Capello is Liverpool's Andy Carroll, left out along with Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand, despite having re-established a strike partnership with Luis Suarez. Lampard, meanwhile, can reflect on more international obituaries for him probably being premature. His winner for Chelsea on Saturday maintains his position as comfortably the club's leading scorer and he is proving to be survivor for both club and country.

Capello will look to Sturridge and Danny Welbeck to reveal themselves as the future face of England's strike-force in Rooney's absence. The Chelsea player has particularly impressed Capello with his versatility. "He has improved a lot. I saw him play right wing, left wing, centre forward," Capello said. "I want to know the value of some players because the game against Spain will be really important. The Rooney position will be really important not only in this game but when we play in the Euros in Poland."

Rodwell, whose selection with Jagielka and Leighton Baines, maintains a healthy Everton contingent, is another player whom Capello feels has improved this season. Before the current campaign, he had been struggling to fulfil his big reputation. Jones' stand-in role against Montenegro, which impressed Capello hugely, may now mean a role for him in midfield.

Capello insisted that Terry's display in the 1-0 defeat to QPR nine days ago was enough to persuade him that his catastrophic afternoon in the 5-3 reverse to Arsenal was a blip. "I prepare for four captains. I thought it was enough. Did I need to find 11 captains like the team?" Capello said. Ashley Cole, with 92 caps, was not a candidate. "He doesn't like to be a captain," said Capello, whose experimentation will not stretch to dropping Joe Hart on Saturday.

The FA will his week challenge Fifa's insistence that England cannot wear poppies next weekend, because of its rule that players may not wear "political, religious or commercial messages." With senior England players understood to be incredulous about the decision, the FA will seek a resolution before the squad assembles at the Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire on Wednesday.

ENGLAND SQUAD

The England squad to face Spain and Sweden:

Hart (Man City), Carson (Bursaspor), Stockdale (Ipswich); G Johnson (Liverpool), Jones (Man Utd), Cahill (Bolton), Terry (Chelsea), Cole  (Chelsea), Baines (Everton), Jagielka (Everton), Lescott (Man City), Walker  (Tottenham); Lampard (Chelsea), Rodwell (Everton), Downing (Liverpool), Barry (Man City), A Johnson (Man City), Milner (Man City), Parker (Tottenham), Walcott  (Arsenal); Bent (Aston Villa), Sturridge (Chelsea), Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Zamora (Fulham); Welbeck (Man Utd)

Property
pets
Arts and Entertainment
tvThe C-Word, TV review
Arts and Entertainment
The Ridiculous Six has been produced by Adam Sandler, who also stars in it
filmNew controversy after nine Native American actors walked off set
Sport
Danny Jones was in the Wales squad for the 2013 World Cup
rugby leagueKeighley Cougars half-back was taken off after just four minutes
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
The original ZX Spectrum was simple to plug into your TV and get playing on
techThirty years on, the ZX Spectrum is back, after a fashion
News
Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are breaking up after nearly three years together
peopleFormer couple announce separation in posts on their websites
Sport
football
Life and Style
Google celebrates Bartolomeo Cristofori's 360th birthday
techGoogle Doodle to the rescue
Arts and Entertainment
Haunted looks: Matthew Macfadyen and Timothy Spall star in ‘The Enfield Haunting’
tvThe Enfield Haunting, TV review
News
news
News
The Mattehorn stands reflected in Leisee lake near Sunnegga station on June 30, 2013 near Zermatt, Switzerland
news
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living