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Rupert Wyman 29th May 2010 - 17:27

The day of reckoning for England's stars

For some England players, tomorrow could be the most important day of their lives.  By 3pm, Capello should know the squad that will be travelling to South Africa.

Capello may already know his starting eleven for the World Cup but tomorrow is the final opportunity for him to look at England's best fringe or impact players. England are playing Japan in Austria, the idea is to get the players acclimatised before they head to South Africa.

At the moment there are thirty men who believe they should be boarding the plane to South Africa. Seven of them will be axed from the squad. The match gives the likes of Adam Johnson, Darren Bent, Tom Huddlestone and Scott Parker the chance to possibly force Capello into a drastic last minute change of plan.

The result against Japan is not the most important factor this weekend. Capello will be hoping that all the players get through the ninety minutes unscathed. However, we need a strong performance, England looked disjointed when they beat Mexico earlier this week.

The starting line-up tomorrow should see Terry replace Ledley King, Ashley Cole play instead of Baines and Lampard resume his central midfield role.

Both Tom Huddlestone and Darren Bent have been handed starts.  Bent will be desperate to impress Capello, he missed out on selection for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. His strike rate in the 09/10 Premier League was far superior to that of Defoe, Heskey and Crouch. His main rivals for a spot alongside Rooney in the England team .

He will start alongside Rooney and he is 9/2 to score first. Joe Cole will be looking to make an impact coming off the bench. He faces stiff competition from both Milner and Johnson for the left midfield berth, should he travel to the World Cup.

England are 2/7 to beat Japan and they can win this final warm-up match with ease. Japan are 11/1 to win this match, they have been rocked by the news today that the former Celtic playmaker Shansuke Nakamura may not make the World Cup squad due to injury.

He is their 'Lampard or Gerrard' and without him it is difficult to see Japan qualifying from Group E at the World Cup.

I would back England Win 1st Half and England Win 2nd Half at 7/5, Capello used seventeen players against Mexico on Monday night and there will be a number of substitutions during the match tomorrow.

All the players will be up for the match and with players of Joe Cole's calibre coming off the bench, England have the potential to score a few goals and win both halves.

The Time of 1st England goal is 23/10 for the 1st to 15th Minute, England will attack from the start and an early goal would not come as a surprise.



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