England still 4/7 despite top stars being released for friendly

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Fabio Capello has released Wayne Rooney, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Michael Dawson for Tuesday’s friendly with Ghana.

With a whole new starting eleven expected to feature against Ghana, the African side have now become the value in the international friendly betting at a huge 4/1 to beat England.

After the professional performance against Wales, it was thought Capello would use this friendly to establish the 4-3-3 formation going forward into next year’s European Championships.

But it seems guys like Andy Carroll, Phil Jagielka, Rob Green and Aaron Lennon will be given their chance against the African side.

It’s a bold move by Capello who seemed to find a formation that worked against Wales, and the chance to bed the formation in would’ve surely crossed his mind before making this decision.

Sir Alex Ferguson, Carlo Ancelotti and Harry Redknapp will be pleased to see their stars back as we enter the Premier League run-in, and the international break coming at the wrong time for the Premier League clubs may have influenced Capello’s decision.

While it’s good news for Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, it’s even better news for Ghana who will fancy their chances of an upset at Wembley on Tuesday.

Goran Stevanovic’s side are unbeaten in their last four games and will provide a stiff test for what will effectively be the England ‘B’ team, and 4/1 could be a huge price considering England’s unconvincing results in recent friendlies.

Ghana were unlucky not to make the semi-final of the World Cup after a deliberate act of cheating from Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, and they are a team not to be underestimated.

All four of England’s recent friendlies have finished 2-1 and a 2-1 win for Ghana on Tuesday is priced at a huge 16/1.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.