Capello confirms he knows his 23

England manager Fabio Capello confirmed after watching his side come from behind to beat Japan 2-1 that he knew who would be in his 23-man squad for the World Cup finals in South Africa.

The Italian is set to name his final squad on Tuesday but several fringe players failed to push their claims forward during an unimpressive performance in Graz.

Darren Bent, Tom Huddlestone and Theo Walcott were all handed starts, but the trio were hauled off at half-time and may now find themselves missing the plane to South Africa.

Japan took the lead in the seventh minute when defender Tulio Tanaka netted and, after Frank Lampard had seen his penalty saved, England were indebted to two late own goals by Tanaka and Yuji Nakazawa to hand them victory.

When asked if he knew his squad, Capello answered:"I know my 23 players, yes, I know.

"As for today – I'm happy for the second half. In midfield we played better, faster and found space. In the first half we were too slow and it was easy for Japan to defend.

"It was an interesting game for me. I saw a lot of players who didn't play before and learnt more about them.

"Joe Cole is a very intelligent player and can play in different positions so wait and see if he's picked.

"Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have never played together in the centre under me, but they played well. They are good players, fast, with good quality and good going forward."

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