Everton defender Phil Jagielka has been sent home from England duty and will play no part in the friendly against Sweden tomorrow night as Bet365 indicate that all the free bets are for Fabio Capello’s side after their success over Spain.
The 29-year-old – who impressed many with his performance during the 1-0 victory over Spain at the weekend – is being given time to rest after suffering with an ongoing toe injury.
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A statement on the Football Association read: “As England prepare for the international with Sweden on Tuesday evening, Phil Jagielka has this evening returned to Everton.”
“The remaining 23 players remain at the team hotel ahead of the game at Wembley and will train on Monday morning.”
They have also stressed that the injury was not aggravated during the Spain game and that they simply wanted Jagielka to rest up ahead of the Premier League fixtures this weekend.
It also means that full-time skipper John Terry can come back into the starting line-up after sitting out of the win over Spain.
In other team news, it is thought that Fabio Capello is considering giving Scott Carson his first international appearance since the 3-2 defeat to Croatia back in 2007.
Looking ahead to the clash with Sweden, Capello said: “They are really good and play in a very organised way. Everybody knows what they need to do in every moment of the game.”
“It is a little country with a small population but it’s always difficult to beat Sweden.”
He then singled out Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a significant threat for the England defence, saying: “Ibrahimovic is a really good player who can decide a top-level game in a single moment.”
“I bought him as Juventus manager and for this reason I know how important he is for Sweden and what a real danger he is for every opponent.”
England will hope they can contain the threat of the Swedish forward though and follow up the victory over Spain with another win in front of an expectant Wembley crowd.