Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Are the Nevilles set for an England recall?

With just three months to go until the World Cup the race to make the plane to South Africa is most definitely on.

For England a mini injury crisis has really opened things up for players who may have thought their international careers were over or that a chance to play at the tournament was beyond their reach.

Two of those players are the Neville brothers, Gary and Phil. Fabio Capello has had to deal with a host of injuries in the full-back positions with Ashley Cole and Wes Brown both out with long-term foot injuries and Glenn Johnson easing his way back after three months on the sidelines. Wayne Bridges' decision to declare himself unavailable after the John Terry scandal has only compounded Capello's troubles.

But in the Nevilles he has an experienced pair of heads who would slot into the side with no trouble. Older brother Gary has 85 caps to his name and his experience would be invaluable. He has come in for criticism this season for his lack of pace and although the 35-year-old isn't as quick as he once was, his recent steady performances, including an excellent game against Liverpool last weekend, have fuelled rumours of a recall and boosted Manchester United's Premier League title hopes.

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