Jagielka is fully fit - Capello

BY foxsports • November 12, 2011

Capello will pair Jagielka with Joleon Lescott in central defence as England entertain world champions Spain. The move will attract David Moyes' interest given Jagielka has been playing recently only thanks to injections in a toe injury. Everton's medical staff have been contacted by their FA counterparts to try and ease any fears about Jagielka's fitness on Merseyside. And Capello is adamant the 29-year-old is happy to play. "Before I decide about a player, I always in my career, speak with the doctors," he said. "I ask the doctor whether they can play or not. He says he can. "Then I always speak with the player and ask whether they can play? If they are 100%? Not 90%, but 100%? Are you ready? "He said yes. He will decide whether he takes an injection. But he trained normally, without one." Glen Johnson will return at right-back, meaning a place in central midfield for Manchester United teenager Phil Jones, who will be tasked with the job of shutting down Spain's vast array of star names. It promises to be the biggest challenge of the former Blackburn man's career so far, with Capello admitting Spain are out on their own at present. "No-one in the world is close to Spain. Not Holland. Not Germany," he said. "Because their style is completely different. "The Dutch and the Germans are playing well. But Spain's ball possession is really good. "It is difficult to win the ball back because, technically, they are really good. "For this reason, it's the most difficult game for me." And before anyone suggests simply copying the formula, Capello has warned them to forget it. "You can't copy this style," he said. "It's come from the academies. They've got eight players coming from Barcelona, four or five from Real Madrid. This style is normal for them. "Without players of value it would probably be no good. "But Spain have seven nominated for the Ballon d'Or. "Every style is good if you have really good players." Capello must decide whether to plunge more youngsters into the fray - Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge are obvious candidates. And he knows he will not even be able to spend a moment thinking about the wedding of his youngest son Pierfilippo in Milan, which he must miss due to tomorrow's game being shifted back 24 hours from its original Friday evening date. "It's my job and I need to stay here," said Capello. "I will be close to my family in my mind. Yes, I'm upset. It's normal to be upset after something like this. But it happens."


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