Germany v England

Lampard and Gerrard to miss England friendly

November 17, 2008
By Soccernet staff

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard have been ruled out of England's friendly international with Germany, in Berlin, on Wednesday.

ENGLAND SQUAD

Scott Carson - West Brom
David James - Portsmouth
Paul Robinson - Blackburn
Wayne Bridge - Chelsea
Curtis Davies - Aston Villa
Glen Johnson - Portsmouth
John Terry - Chelsea
Joleon Lescott - Everton
Michael Mancienne - Chelsea
Micah Richards - Man City
Matthew Upson - West Ham
Gareth Barry - Aston Villa
Michael Carrick - Man Utd
Stewart Downing - Middlesbrough
Jimmy Bullard - Fulham
Scott Parker - West Ham
Shaun Wright-Phillips - Man City
Ashley Young - Aston Villa
Gabriel Agbonlahor - Aston Villa
Darren Bent - Tottenham
Peter Crouch - Portsmouth
Jermain Defoe - Portsmouth
Theo Walcott - Arsenal

Gerrard was asked to report for duty by England boss Fabio Capello despite Liverpool claiming he was unavailable after picking up a groin injury at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday. But after making the 200-mile journey to the team's Hertfordshire hotel the FA medical staff deemed the diagnosis to be correct.

Gerrard's midfield partner Lampard also misses out after scans on a rib injury he picked up at West Bromwich Albion at the weekend revealed he would not be fit enough to be involved at the Olympic Stadium.

Capello has called up West Ham United midfielder Scott Parker and Fulham's Jimmy Bullard as replacements for his increasingly experimental looking squad. Bullard, who could also qualify to play for Germany, was a surprise call up to Capello's squad ahead of September's World Cup qualifier against Andorra, although he didn't get onto the pitch.

Captain John Terry has been passed fit by the England doctors following a foot injury sustained against the Baggies and his inclusion means Capello can now call upon at least three of his first-choice line-up - alongside Walcott and David James - for the Three Lions' first visit to the German capital since 1972.

With the likes of Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney ruled out before the Italian named his 23-man party plus Gerrard and Lampard withdrawing, Capello's efforts at maintaining the momentum built up by four straight World Cup qualifying wins have been cruelly undermined.