England omissions disappoint Gyan

Sunderland striker Gyan also has sympathy at the 21,000 visiting

fans who will be deprived the chance to watch the likes of Wayne

Rooney, Frank Lampard and John Terry. But he is under no illusions

to the task still facing Ghana if they are to become the first

African nation to defeat England. Gyan said: “We were expecting the

changes. I might be disappointed but it is one of those things.

“Maybe the fans are disappointed because we have never played

against England. “Maybe some of the fans are there to see the big

names and they are not playing. “They have paid a lot of money.

They came to see Rooney and the big players. “But from our

viewpoint, it doesn’t matter. Those players who are coming to face

Ghana are also good players. “It is an English national team. Maybe

they might be better than those players that are out!” Gyan added:

“England are still a strong side. Everyone knows England. We will

have to be very careful. “They have never lost to an African team

and we have to stay focused and see what happens. “But we are ready

for anyone at all who is playing against Ghana.” Ghana skipper and

Gyan’s clubmate, John Mensah, echoed his sentiments. The Black Cats

defender said: “It would be nice to see the big names 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. “We all know

Rooney and some of the others who are big names and we respect all

of them. “But anyone who wears the jersey is a capable player.”

Gyan has been impressed by Jack Wilshere who made his competitive

debut for England during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Wales in Cardiff.

He said: “Wilshere has made a big impression. He is a young lad who

is improving so well. “He is getting his confidence into the

national team. Capello is a good coach who is improving the