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CONFIRMED ENGLAND TEAM: Defoe and Milner start


By Football Talk.

Fabio Capello has made three changes for England’s crucial final World Cup group C match against Slovenia this afternoon, with Tottenham’s Jermaine Defoe, Aston Villa’s James Milner and West Ham’s Matthew Upson all coming in to the side in-place of Emile Heskey (Aston Villa), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham) and Jamie Carragher (Liverpool, suspended).

Confirmed XI:


Johnson               Upson            Terry           A Cole

Milner                Lampard                Barry          Gerrard

Defoe          Rooney

Has Capello picked the right team? Is sticking to 4-4-2 the right choice or should he have switched to a more fluid style? We will find out in a few hours!

***UPDATE*** It is now being reported that England will line-up as follows:


Johnson                Upson                  Terry                A Cole


Lampard                                 Milner


Defoe                       Rooney



  1. marc

    June 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    james milner doesnt play for city

  2. balders

    June 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    cole at right back and johnson at left back? interesting gamble. who excatly confirmed this?

  3. Andy

    June 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Erm.. You’ve got Ashley Cole as a Right Back (He’s a leftback), Johnson as a left back (He’s a right back), Gerrard on the right (I think he’ll start on the Left.. again). I’d expect Barry to sit in front of the Back four and I’d expect Defoe to play behind Rooney. Not convinced you’ll see Milner on the left either.. More likely to be a 4-1-3-1-1

    • Football Talk

      June 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm

      Ok, Ok, chill-out lads. Simple mistake, it has been corrected now.

      Although, not sure Defoe will play behind Rooney.

    • Alex

      June 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm

      balders and Andy, how the heck are you looking at the line-up. You’re supposed to look at it from the keeper up the field. So Ashley Cole IS at left back, Johnson IS at right back and Gerrard IS on left midfield!!

  4. Zab

    June 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm


    come on lads! And, no, Milner don’t play for City… yet!

  5. ok....

    June 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    where is joe cole?? he need to play he is the skill that will improve the attack

  6. decky

    June 23, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    = FAIL

  7. balders

    June 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    lol alex! it’s changed ’round now. i might not know much about football but i know how to see a team line up! thanks though

  8. chunky

    June 23, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Ah well ,
    There is always next time…..

  9. Sonny

    June 23, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    That england team as capellos set it up deserves to lose.

    Why play milner??????????????????
    Why play gerrard out of position????????????
    Why play 2 “small” strikers up front????????????
    Why play the same boring, predictable 4 4 2 formation???????????????

    Englands out of the W/C and we will be searching for a new manager.

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