Lampard & Rooney fit for England

Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney both trained with the rest of the England squad on Monday ahead of Wednesday’s friendly against France.

Lampard suffered a knock to his hip in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday, but looked to be moving freely during the session at London Colney.Rooney also played a full role despite fears he had picked up a knee injury in Manchester United’s win over Liverpool.All 23 players turned out for training, including former captain David Beckham.

The players had to contend with snowy conditions at Arsenal’s Hertfordshire training base, but Beckham – who is hoping to win his 100th cap at the Stade de France – was all smiles on his recall to the squad.The news about Lampard and Rooney will come as a welcome relief to England coach Fabio Capello.He voiced his concerns about the timing of Sunday’s meeting of the top four sides, coming so close to England’s trip to Paris.”I’m not ecstatic, not happy about it,” said Capello.Capello has already been forced into changes and called up West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green on Sunday after Wigan’s Chris Kirkland was ruled out through injury.The squad was reduced from 30 to 23 on Saturday, with Tottenham keeper Paul Robinson coming in for the injured Scott Carson.Gabriel Agbonlahor, Ashley Young, Shaun Wright-Phillips, David Wheater and Jermain Defoe were all cut from the squad, while Matthew Upson was withdrawn because of injury.Capello also justified his decision to bring Beckham back into the squad, having left him out against Switzerland.

“In the previous match I did not call him up because he was not fit having not played any games. He is now fit,” Capello told the FA’s website.”When David is fit he can always bring an important contribution because of his vision on the pitch and the fact he can cross the ball and always create chances. Not only from free-kicks.”It’s not my style to call someone up to do them a favour. I will call players in that I believe are useful to the team and with a view on future games and what I need to do in the future.”I called him up because I believe he is going to be useful to the team.”Good players are good players whether they play in America, England or in Spain.”Chelsea’s John Terry, who was England captain under Steve McClaren and is a leading candidate to get the full-time role under Capello, has backed Beckham to take the job on Wednesday.  “David is a credit to himself and what he has done is exceptional,” Terry told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek.”If he is going to start or come on, he fully deserves to wear that England armband.”I am very nervous about joining up with the squad and certainly don’t expect to be captain.”I wish to continue as England captain and fingers crossed I can do that but if not I will respect Mr Capello’s decision.”France coach Raymond Domenech has called on a squad of 39 players to cover the England match, as well as an ‘A’ team fixture against Mali on Tuesday.

~ by darkdestroyer on March 24, 2008.

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