Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pearce has no more casualities!

Interim England manager Stuart Pearce will have been disappointed to lose a number of selected players for Englands game with Holland on Wednesday, with Darren Bent, Wayne Rooney, Kyle Walker and Tom Cleverly all dropping out of the squad. But there have been no more casualties as Pearce was able to train with a full complement of 21 players at Wembley on Tuesday after Gareth Barry was fit to take part of training as bwin betting has Holland as favourites to win.

After confirming four of his squad had withdrawn on Monday through injury, interim coach Stuart Pearce had hoped to have everyone available for the only full training session scheduled ahead of a testing encounter with the World Cup finalists.

And the fact Barry shrugged off the back problem that prevented him playing any part in Manchester City'sweekend win over Blackburn was good news.

Surprisingly, Stuart hasn't called up any replacements despite Rooney, Walker, Cleverly and Bent dropping out! 

It means he has only three recognised strikers in his squad, who have just four caps between them and a grand total of 82 minutes on the pitch.
It suggests either Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge or Fraizer Campbell, or possibly all three, will have some significant involvement, while the likes of Andy Carrol will be disappointed not to be drafted in.

However there is more interest in who Pearce is going to select as England captain.
An ex-England captain himself, the former full-back had said he would not make a final decision on who gets the armband until Tuesday or Wednesday.

Stanjames odds have Steven Gerrard as favourite to get the arm band!

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