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Thursday, 29 May 2008

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England boss Fabio Capello has welcomed an extended spell with his players to get his ideas across to them.

Capello has his squad for 10 days for Wednesday's game against USA and the 1 June trip to Trinidad & Tobago.

"It is very important because the players can know what I think about their position," said the Italian.

Striker Michael Owen (virus), keeper Chris Kirkland and midfielder Jermaine Jenas have pulled out of the squad, which is otherwise fully-fit.

Capello has been putting the players through two daily training sessions to get them into shape for the two games.

Chelsea and Manchester United's contingent were in action for the Champions League final but most of his squad have had a break since the end of the season on 11 May.
"The players have worked very well and trained for four sessions in two days," said Capello.

"After 10 days holiday we needed two sessions a day and they have worked very well."

Capello is planning to start with Frank Lampard and also says fellow midfielder David Beckham is fresh.

"I saw David in training work very well," added the England manager. "It was good. He is very fresh as the US players have just started their season.

"The fixture is good for David. He is very fit."

Lampard was part of the Chelsea team which lost the Champions League final on penalties and Capello added: "I'm very happy to see him in the midfield because I think he's a very important player for us.

"For Chelsea players it is very important to play and forget the last game in Moscow."

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