England coach Fabio Capello will risk the ire of fans when he makes 11 changes for Tuesday’s friendly against Ghana.
Having secured a 2-0 European Championship qualifying win at Wales with a full-strength lineup, Capello has released five key players to their clubs and will field a more experimental lineup for England’s first meeting with the African nation.
Capello’s predecessor, Sven-Goran Eriksson, was widely criticised for his penchant for switching lineups in non-competitive internationals, denying supporters who had bought tickets the opportunity to see top players.
But Capello says “I want to respect the clubs and I need to look at different players.”
Capello also needs to pick a captain to replace the rested John Terry.