International friendly

Appiah: England underrating Ghana

March 29, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah has hit out at Fabio Capello's decision to release six players from the England squad to face Ghana on Tuesday night.

Stephen Appiah
GettyImagesStephen Appiah: Former Black Stars' captain

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Appiah believes that England are not taking the friendly game against the World Cup quarter-finalists seriously after they let John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney and Michael Dawson return to their clubs following the 2-0 defeat of Wales in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

"It's like they are underrating the game," Appiah told BBC Sport. "A lot of Ghanaians have travelled from America, Canada, from around the world. It's a dream come true. It's huge, it's big and Ghanaians are going to follow the match.''

Appiah revealed that the players and fans will be disappointed at having to play a team of reserves, as they get few chances to play at the historic stadium of Wembley.

"Ghanaians are disappointed," he said. "They really wanted to see those players. The players wish they could play against JT [Terry].

"It's their dream to play against Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and all these players. Maybe some of them will not play in that stadium again. Maybe Mr Capello has his own reasons, we have to respect those."

Current captain John Mensah is convinced Ghana can become the first African side to beat England and insists he is not bothered by the opponents' team.

Mensah said: ''This is the first time we are going to play against England so it is very important to us. I'm not too worried about those not playing because anyone who plays for England are capable of doing the job.

''Maybe the fans would prefer to see people like Wayne Rooney but I don't think those that are playing are not good. I know that if they have the national jersey, they are good players.

''It is going to be an historic match because if we win against England, we make history and we want to do that. We do not underrate England - whoever plays for them.''