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Rupert Wyman 11th Jun 2010 - 10:52

Lump on with Ledley

Tomorrow at 7:30pm, most of England will be at a standstill. The nation will again be thinking that this really is the year, the year that the national team bring the World Cup home.

There will be many people cheering on England who were never fortunate enough to enjoy and partake in the celebrations when England won the World Cup on home soil in 1966. All the pre World Cup hype will be over, it is time for England to do their talking on the pitch.

Pre kick-off, there is much debate about the starting eleven that will play against the USA in their Group C match. James Milner has a stomach upset and a high fever and he is rumoured to have lost several pounds over the last few days.

If Milner is not fully fit, there is an opportunity for Joe Cole to impress from the off against the Yanks. He is viewed by Capello as an impact player who comes on from the bench, but he will start on the left instead of Gerrard, who is covering for the unfit Barry in a central role.

On the right flank Lennon is likely to start instead of Wright-Phillips but the defensive indiscipline of both players will worry Capello.

Glen Johnson has put in some erratic performances for England recently. He will need to be disciplined in defence because otherwise he could be exposed by the American wingers.

The Yanks will line-up with the impressive Dempsey and Donovan on the wings and they will know how to play against the English.

Capello has stated in the press, that he has decided his first eleven. The two other positions where opinion is divided amongst the public is England's number one goalkeeper and the other centre forward berth.

Robert Green has been viewed the most likely to start in goal because James took a knock in training on Monday and Hart is too inexperienced.

In attack, Heskey is a workhorse but Crouch poses a far greater threat in-front of goal.

England are 4/9 for the win and although the USA have a few players that are household names , England should prove too strong in attack. The Yanks must be disciplined at the back and will need to cope with the aerial ability of both Heskey and Crouch during the match.

The draw is priced at 16/5, if the Americans play deep and frustrate England, their could be a potential upset.

A few markets of interest are the player specials, I rarely bet on specials but I can see some value in a few punts.

In the Joe Cole - Specials, Joe Cole to be substituted is 4/5. With Milner unfit, he is virtually assured a starting place. He would have been used as an impact player and I doubt he will play the full ninety minutes. He will be substituted with Carrick replacing him in a new look, more solid formation.

Joe Cole is 10/1 to hit the woodwork anytime, it is fantastic value for a player who loves shooting at sight infront of goal.

Another special is Ledley King to be substituted at 4/1, he will partner Terry at the back and there is a high chance he could either be substituted if injured or be rested in the second half, he is not able to train with the squad, so it is highly unlikely he will play the full ninety minutes should they be winning.

It may not be a walkover for England but they should have a good start to Group C, a group they can go on and win.



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