England's Capello Will Keep Players Guessing on Lineup: World Cup Roundup
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Capello Leaves it Late
England manager Fabio Capello will stick to his routine of naming the team only two hours before kickoff, the Sun reported. His side plays Algeria in Cape Town in two days in the next World Cup group game.
Capello’s method had come under scrutiny after goalkeeper Robert Green allowed the U.S. to tie after fumbling Clint Dempsey’s shot into his goal.
It’s believed the England goalkeepers and defense would like at least 24 hours’ notice so they can build an understanding, the Sun said.
England on Edge?
The England team is feeling the pressure from playing in the World Cup and its players are “edgy,” the Sun quoted Dempsey as saying.
“Honestly it seemed during the game that they were dealing with a lot of pressure,” Dempsey told the paper. “I don’t know why that is, you could just sense it a little bit. Even though they did score early, when we came back and we equalized, they just seemed edgy. They really did.”
Algeria Targets Green
Algeria is hoping England will keep goalkeeper Green in the team, the Daily Mirror reported.
“We’d certainly not mind if (Green’s blunder) happened again,” the paper quoted Algeria captain Anther Yahia as saying. “And we will try to put pressure on England and their goalkeeper. We are determined to make the Algerian people proud of us.”
Liverpool: No Departures
Liverpool is refusing to discuss any possible departures of high-profile players until the club has a new manager, the Daily Mirror reported.
The newspaper said Fulham is resigned to losing manager Roy Hodgson to Liverpool as Rafael Benitez’s successor.