Capello’s no.1 problem

The England manager has more concerns ahead of the 2010 World Cup, after David James picked up an injury whilst warming up for today’s game against Stoke.

Fabio Capello said after the friendly defeat to Brazil last week, that Portsmouth goalkeeper must prove he is fully fit before the Italian considers him England’s no. 1.

Capello’s concerns were highlighted amid reports circulating that James’ persistent knee injury prevents him from training two days after every game he plays.

At 39 many are suggesting England’s first choice goalkeeper will still be dogged by the injury come next summer’s World Cup in South Africa.

The other contenders for the no. 1 jersey fail to instill any hope for Capello.

Robert Green has looked less than impressive in goal for England, with the West Ham ‘keeper so far failing to transmit his impressive club form to the national side.

Manchester United’s Ben Foster – who played in goal against Brazil in Qatar – looks both commanding and at ease. Yet his lack of playing time for his club is a concern.

Foster, 26, is United’s third choice ‘keeper behind Edwin Van der Sar and Tomasz Kuszczak, despite Alex Ferguson recently claiming the former Stoke City player is England’s best stopper.

Capello feels England are one of the favourites for next years World Cup, yet James’ latest setback and Foster’s lack of first team football, means their chances look to have dealt an early blow.


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