Players will be focused insists Capello

England boss Fabio Capello insists his Chelsea players will not be distracted by news of the club facing a ban signing players for the next two transfer window.

The Blues were found guilty by football's governing body for inducing former Lens winger Gael Kakuta to breach his contract with the French club so he could complete a switch to Stamford Bridge.

Capello has Chelsea players John Terry and Ashley Cole in his squad ahead of the friendly against Slovenia and the World Cup qualifier against Croatia.

When asked if they would be distracted, Capello said: "No. All the players are focused on the next game. I haven't spoken to the Chelsea players about this."

Skipper John Terry admitted his shock at the news received at Stamford Bridge.

"It was a big shock," he said. "I spoke to the club this morning and they are appealing."

Terry admits the England players are relishing the Croatia clash - when they could seal a place at the World Cup - as well as the Slovenia friendly.

Croatia dumped England out of Euro 2008 qualifying on their last visit to Wembley.

"It's difficult not to think about it but the manager has emphasised the game on Saturday to get the best out of Wednesday," he said.

"It was a disappointing night the last time they were here and that is in the back of our minds. But we don't go in with a revenge mentality.

"It's a chance to put things right where we left off last season."

Terry missed training earlier in the week but looks set to shrug off his injury concern.

"All players are fit and training well, no-one has a problem," Capello added.

There was one absentee from training - Manchester United's Ben Foster, who has returned briefly to the north west where his partner is due to give birth.

"Good luck. He will return in the evening and will be ready for the game," Capello said. "I have to choose the goalkeeper and a lot of players.

"I have to decide the first XI against Croatia. I will have to play the players that will play against Croatia.

"We haven't spoken about Croatia, we had a meeting on Thursday but we spoke about the game against Holland and the mistakes. On the evening before the game we will speak about Slovenia."

Following the punishment for Croatia striker Eduardo for diving, Terry insisted his team-mates would never simulate a foul.

He added: "That is not in our game at all. We come in to play the game fairly. Our mentality is that we are a very honest country and we have an honest bunch of lads here."

Capello made his feelings clear on the subject.

"I prefer it for players to stay on their feet. Sometimes during games players try to get an advantage.

"I've seen a lot of diving here and it is not done by a lot of players. Fans do not like this."

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