Fabio Capello issues warning to England seniors
Simply being one of the country's most recognisable footballers is not enough to secure a place in the national side, according to Fabio Capello...
The Italian's cautionary advice was remarked with reference to Frank Lampard, who started on the bench for England's 3-0 victory over Bulgaria last week; Gareth Barry was instead chosen to feature from the opening whistle.
"[Lampard] is one of the best English midfielders, but I need to choose the players, not the name," said the England boss.
"The first two games he played were not good and at this moment Barry is in really good form. My players... will need to accept my decisions."
Barry was paired with midfielder Scott Parker for the away match against Bulgaria; the pair did such a good job that many critics believe that Lampard will have a difficult task ahead of him in order to make his way back into the starting line-up for England's next match against Wales.
"It is the start of the season and he needs to play more games," commented Capello.
"Frank is part of this squad. He is a professional and when he came on he was really focussed and did well."
Capello has been enjoying a certain degree of praise for managing to get a winning squad selection for England's most recent game; picking Gary Cahill of Bolton over Manchester United's Phil Jones was one such decision which has been vindicated.
"That wasn't a hard decision," said Capello. "Cahill has got some caps, he had started a match.
"In an important game, you need someone with confidence, who knows what happens in this kind of game.”
Sporting Bet, Stan James and Paddy Power all offer 13/2 odds that England will only manage a draw with Wales when the two sides meet on Tuesday.