Despite Ferdinand's injury, England not to hold back stars: Capello

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London, Jun 6 (ANI): England coach Fabio Capello has said that there will be no holding back of players as the team prepares to risk key members in Monday's friendly with the Platinum Stars, after skipper Rio Ferdinand's knee ligament injury ruled him out of the World Cup.

Ferdinand damaged the cruciate ligament in his left knee during England's first training session in Rustenburg on Friday.

New skipper Steven Gerrard, along with vice-captain Frank Lampard, John Terry, Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole will all play at least 45 minutes against the South African club side.

"What can I do, just let the players swim to keep them safe? We have to train, but we can't predict the future. They are friendly games, but Rooney and Gerrard want to play," News of the World quoted Capello, as saying.

"We have to prepare for a game against the USA and that's why they are in the team. We never know what is around the corner and that's the problem for some players. This is their job, so they will play. Sometimes the players get a yellow card and cannot play, sometimes they get an injury.

"The players who will play against the USA will play for 45 minutes, or maybe 60. I know my team. There is a risk, but touch wood nothing will happen," Capello added.

Capello is demanding improvements from his team in the Moruleng Stadium, which is a short drive away from their spectacular training complex in Rustenburg. (ANI)

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