Capello admits selection issues

Fabio Capello has admitted he has two selection issues on his mind ahead of England's Group C encounter with Algeria in Cape Town on Friday.

Capello has taken the unusual step of confirming that a fit-again Gareth Barry will start in midfield after missing Saturday's 1-1 draw with the United States.

The Manchester City midfielder arrived in South Africa with an ankle injury picked up while playing in the Premier League in early May.

Meanwhile, after his high-profile mistake against the US, Capello is yet to decide whether to stick with goalkeeper Robert Green.

Green's fumble which allowed Clint Dempsey's weak shot to trundle over the line in Rustenberg could lead to the West Ham United keeper being taken out of the firing line.

Veteran keeper David James and the untested Joe Hart are both pushing for the number one jersey.

"Robert Green made one mistake," explained Capello."But he also made a great save in the second half.

"But I have to decide about the keeper because sometimes a mistake stays in the mind of the players, so I want to speak with him."

Elsewhere, Capello has hinted that Tottenham's Jermain Defoe could be handed a surprise start in place of Emile Heskey.

Heskey silenced some of his critics with an impressive team display in the opening game, but Defoe is believed to be viewed as a better fit to face Algeria, according to reports.

"I need to choose who my other forward will be – Heskey or Defoe," Capello told ITV.

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