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Agbonlahor unlikley to face Swiss

LONDON, England — Young Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, the only new cap in England coach Fabio Capello’s revised 23-man squad for Wednesday’s friendly against Switzerland, is likely to miss the game.

He damaged a hamstring in Villa’s 2-1 defeat at Fulham on Saturday and Villa coach Martin O’Neill said: It’s highly unlikely he’ll play for England. I don’t know whether it’s a strain or a pull but I can’t see him playing.

He was fouled just before half-time and felt his hamstring. It is quite sore at the moment and he went out just after the break to try and run it off and felt it so we didn’t take any chances.

Of course he is disappointed. It was a boost for him to be called up (by England) and had been thoroughly deserved.

He may well still travel to meet up in the party we’ll have to see, but as for playing that’s unlikely I think.

Capello dropped fringe players Curtis Davies, Nicky Shorey, Michael Carrick, Stewart Downing and Glen Johnson from his provisional 30-man group on Saturday, while Wigan striker Emile Heskey and Tottenham defender Ledley King were ruled out by injuries.

I want to be clear that the players who have not made the squad this time are still part of my plans, Capello told the FA’s Web site.

We will be monitoring the form of everyone very closely as we work towards the competitive matches which start in September.

It is of course a blow to lose Ledley King from the squad. He is a very good player who has impressed me a lot when I have seen him play. I am fully aware of his injury status after speaking with Juande Ramos on Friday.

Emile Heskey’s injury is disappointing too, but we have to concentrate on the players who are in the squad.

Capello plans to name an interim captain on Tuesday, with Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard favored to take the armband as Chelsea defender John Terry is ruled out by injury.

I plan to name a captain for the Switzerland game on Tuesday, but I don’t expect to appoint a permanent captain until we start the World Cup qualifying games. I want to work closely with the players before deciding on this, Capello said.

We have seven months to prepare for our first competitive match, but the work really starts now. I’m looking forward to working with them on the training ground. There is a lot of work to do but I am ready for the challenge.

England squad:

Goalkeepers: Scott Carson (Aston Villa), David James (Portsmouth), Chris Kirkland (Wigan). Defenders: Wayne Bridge (Chelsea), Wes Brown (Manchester United), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United) Joleon Lescott (Everton), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Matthew Upson (West Ham), Jonathan Woodgate (Tottenham). Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Aston Villa), David Bentley (Blackburn), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Owen Hargreaves (Manchester United), Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Chelsea), Ashley Young (Aston Villa). Forwards: Peter Crouch (Liverpool), Michael Owen (Newcastle), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).
Agbonlahor unlikley to face Swiss – found here.

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February 3, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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