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Capello given another headache for Spain clash with Jagielka injury

| 08.11.2011

Defensive problems are the last thing a manager needs when preparing to face Spain – but that’s exactly the situation Fabio Capello finds himself in this week.

Phil Jagielka looks likely to miss the game with injury and England captain John Terry could even be in line to start.

Terry was a controversial call-up anyway with police still investigating his alleged racist comments to Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at Queens Park Rangers last month.

However, despite Capello sticking by his skipper, he was hoping to avoid using the 30-year-old in their clash against Spain.

Capello must now choose between giving Terry a game or starting with the untried defensive partnership of Gary Cahill and Joleon Lescott.

Things are looking increasingly desperate for England who are already without Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere in the midfield and Wayne Rooney up front.

Even more worrying for England is their dreadful defensive record in home friendlies under Capello.

Since the Italian took charge back in 2008, England have kept just two clean sheets in ten home friendlies – and one of those was his second game against the USA.

They have conceded at least one in all of their previous six encounters at Wembley and England are out at a hefty 10/3 to keep a clean sheet.

With Spain only failing to score once in their last 22 games, backing an extremely strong-looking Spain team to win at 10/11 continues to look like a brilliant bet.

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Richard Anderson