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  • on 11.11.2011
  • at 04:50 PM
  • by KT

England v Spain – Match Preview & Odds

Much talk has been made over poppy-gate this week, but thanks to Prince William’s intervention it seems that the England players will now wear a small poppy emblem stitched on the black armbands.

Amongst all this England coach Fabio Capello has announced that Chelsea’s John Terry will be on the bench for the match against the World Champions, with Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard set to captain his country for just the second time.

It is fair to say theat Terry is still under scrutiny in relation to racial comments he may or may not have made towards QPR’s Anton Ferdinand, but with the backing of QPR’s owner Tony Fernandes, Capello has confirmed Terry will return to captain the side for their international friendly with Sweden on Tuesday night.

England v Spain – Team News

One player who won’t be scoring against Spain or Sweden is Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, who will serve a suspension after picking up a red card in England’s last Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro – ruling him out of the three group games at the European Championships.

The English FA have appealed against Rooney’s ban, but by leaving him out of the current squad, Capello has chance to assess his other attacking options. Rooney’s team mate Rio Ferdinand will also miss out on these two games due to a combination of injuries and poor form.

With that in mind, it looks like Capello will use the forthcoming matches to experiment with some new players, notably Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge and Everton’s Jack Rodwell who has made the squad for the first time. unfortunately Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor will miss the games due to injury.

England v Spain – Match Stats

Both England and Spain topped their Euro 2012 qualifying groups, remaining unbeaten throughout.

Spain’s David Villa was third top scorer through qualification, scoring seven goals in Spain’s eight matches.

England’s goals were shared around much more with Darren Bent, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young all chipping in with three goals each.

The two sides have played each other 22 times, with England winning 11 of the ties compared to Spain’s 8. That said Spain have won each of the last three meetings; including when Spain ran out 2-0 winners in their last friendly meeting in Seville in 2009.

England v Spain – Betting Odds

Spain come into this game as favourites (10/11 – William Hill) whilst England are 15/4 (Stan James)

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