Fabio Capello given England fitness boost


England boss Fabio Capello has been given a fitness boost ahead of the Euro 2012 qualifiers after all 24 members of his squad reported fit for international duty.

Capello's side take on Bulgaria and Switzerland in their first competitive fixtures since the disappointing World Cup exit in June.

Chelsea pair John Terry and Frank Lampard plus Fulham striker Bobby Zamora all picked up injuries playing for their club sides at the weekend and were ruled out of the squad.

Everton defender Phil Jagielka and Spurs strike duo Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe were doubts after the weekend's Premier League action, but all three joined up with the rest of the squad on Monday evening where they reported fit for international duty.

Speaking about the double-header, which begins at home to Bulgaria on Friday night, Capello has stressed the importance of the Three Lions making a strong start to their qualifying campaign.

He said:"It will be two important games because in this period the players are in a good situation and physically will be strong.

"Bulgaria is a dangerous team. I watched three games that they played, two before the World Cup and the last against Russia. They lost 1-0 but they played very well, it will be a tough game that we will play here at Wembley.

"On Switzerland, they played the World Cup and they are a good team with good organisation.

"They have a really important manager (Ottmar Hitzfeld) and when you play away in Switzerland it is not easy to beat this team."

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