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Capello is narrowing his choices.

BY CARL MARKHAM ENGLAND coach Fabio Capello will resist the temptation to radically change his squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers but a few fringe players are likely to be given a chance to impress.

The Italian began his final scouting mission at Bolton yesterday as he prepares to name his squad for matches in Ukraine, next Saturday, and at home to Belarus four days later.

After watching Wanderers centre-back Gary Cahill for the second successive weekend he made the short trip to Old Trafford to cast an eye over the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney.

Today there will be stops at Arsenal v Blackburn and Chelsea v Liverpool before Capello finishes off with Manchester City's visit to Villa tomorrow night.

By then it is likely he will have finalised his selection, which is not expected to deviate much from the party which has contributed to a 100 per cent record in qualifying so far.

The England coach does have the option of resting some of his regular bigname stars but with a tricky tie in Ukraine, who are still actively involved in the qualification process, that seems unlikely.

Confident Changes, when they do come, are likely to be against Belarus at Wembley when Cahill is expected to be handed his debut after twice being called into the squad but never used.

The 23-year-old centreback is ready for the call, when it comes.

"I definitely think I can play for England one day. I think you've got to be positive, got to be confident in your own ability," said the former Aston Villa defender.

"I'm hungry to get there. I work hard and hopefully I'll get there in the end.

"I think I'm improving game by game with my positional play, I know the role at centre-back a lot better than when I first came into it.

"I've still got a lot to learn, I'm only a young lad, and if I can keep learning hopefully I can go on to bigger and better things."

Other players looking to catch Capello's eye this weekend are the likes of Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone, Arsenal winger Theo Walcott - fit again after a side strain - and Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor.


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Date:Oct 4, 2009
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