Capello won’t have much Cole patience

Fabio Capello has warned Ashley Cole he will only pick him for

England if he proves his fitness between now and the end of the


The Chelsea left-back has been sidelined since February after

breaking his ankle and is facing a race against time to be fit for

South Africa.

He has been pencilled in to return for Chelsea’s home game

with Stoke on April 25 and he will do so with Capello’s words

ringing in his ears.

“I know not all the players will be in the same shape. Some

will have played the whole season, some will have played only half

the season,” he told Four Four Two magazine.

“If, for example, Ashley Cole is only half-fit, that’s not

enough. He needs to play too. After three months of being injured

he will need games.”

Capello went on to explain he is not a fan of playing players

out of position and that he plans to use specialists at the World


Working on a marking system out of 10, the Italian concedes

he has plenty of thinking to do before finalising his squad.

He added: “I think to myself: the value of this player is 10,

another is nine, another is eight and a half. And I choose (the

players with the) most (points).

“Everyone has different qualities. For some positions, one

characteristic is more important than the other one.

“It depends on the position, it depends on different moments

in the game, it depends on the opponents.

“I prefer the specialist. I think that 11 specialists win

against 11 players who can play in different positions. It is nice

to see players who can play in different positions though. There

will be times when you have to do this.”