Barry back in Eng­land side to face Al­ge­ri­ans

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

Fabio Capello has con­firmed Eng­land mid­fielder Gareth barry will start to­mor­row’s World Cup match against al­ge­ria in Cape Town.

Barry has re­gained full fit­ness af­ter suf­fer­ing an an­kle in­jury when in ac­tion for Manch­ester City in early May.

Capello said: “Gareth will play this Fri­day. He is okay, there is no prob­lem. He has trained very well and he is fit.”

Barry was a key per­former for Eng­land in the hold­ing role dur­ing the qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign, and linked up ef­fec­tively with Frank Lam­pard and Steven Ger­rard.

But the an­kle prob­lem, sus­tained against Tot­ten­ham at East­lands on May 5, left him bat­tling to be fit for the fi­nals.

Capello gave Barry as much time as pos­si­ble to re­cover and he was named in his fi­nal squad of 23 on June 2.

He was not con­sid­ered fit enough to fea­ture against the Plat­inum Stars in the prac­tice match nine days ago.

The 29-year-old was then listed among the sub­sti­tutes for the tour­na­ment opener against the United States al­though he was not in­volved.

But Barry in­ti­mated on Tues­day that he was fit enough to face the Al­ge­ri­ans and now Capello has re­stored him to the start­ing line-up.

It will al­low Ger­rard to re­vert to a more at­tack­ing role on the left flank and of­fer sup­port to the strik­ers.

Striker Wayne Rooney wel­comed the mid­fielder’s re­turn to full fit­ness.

Rooney said: “We know what a player he is. He can sit and hold for us, keep the ball and he’s good in pos­ses­sion.

“So he’s a dif­fer­ent op­tion if the man­ager de­cides to choose him.”

Rooney is con­fi­dent Eng­land will bounce back from Satur­day’s dis­ap­point­ment.

He said: “We started very well on Satur­day and we de­served to

HE’S baCK: Gareth Barry will start against Al­ge­ria. win and over­all we did enough to win the game, but un­for­tu­nately we didn’t. But I am sure we will take three points on Fri­day.”

There is a huge amount of pres­sure on the Manch­ester United for­ward, with many see­ing his per­for­mances and goals as key to Eng­land’s hopes of a first World Cup tri­umph since 1966, and he ad­mits he will be look­ing to im­prove on his per­sonal dis­play.

He said: “We have play­ers who can score goals for us, but for us to do well I need to play a bit bet­ter than I did and score goals. But I don’t feel un­der any pres­sure, as long as the team does well.”

Rooney has scored just once in his last eight capped in­ter­na­tion­als, but said: “I’m happy to be play­ing. I would like to score, don’t get me wrong, but if I’m not scor­ing I will keep work­ing un­til I do. So I don’t worry.”

While Capello con­firmed Barry was a cer­tain starter, he re­vealed he had two po­si­tions he had still to con­firm in his own mind ahead of the Al­ge­ria clash.

One was cen­tre-for­ward, where he claimed Jer­main De­foe was com­pet­ing for a start­ing slot along­side Emile Heskey, who was widely ac­knowl­edged to have pro­duced an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance against USA on Satur­day.

More pre­dictably, Capello also con­firmed he still had to de­cide whether to re­tain faith in goal­keeper Robert Green, whose hor­rific blun­der gifted Clint Dempsey the USA’s equaliser at the week­end.

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