Fabio Capello indicated he was planning to name an unchanged line-up for England's FIFA World Cup™ crunch with Germany on Sunday and insisted his squad was ready to sink their old rivals.
"It is a very important game, one of the most important [of his career]," Capello said. "We want to go forward and play the next game. I know the value of Germay but I also know the value of my players. There is pressure but that is normal when you play the World Cup, the players understand that."
Capello said he had already decided to field "probably the same" line-up for the match as the one which beat Slovenia 1-0 in England's final group game.
That means West Ham centre-back Matthew Upson is set to continue alongside John Terry in central defence, despite Ledley King having recovered from a groin strain and Jamie Carragher being available after serving a one-match suspension.
England received a major boost on the eve of the match when the squad's medical staff confirmed that Wayne Rooney had recovered fully from an ankle injury that had resulted in him being substituted with 20 minutes left in the win over Slovenia.