Capello defends quintet omission
It is a move that leaves Capello open to accusations of bias given the 20 players left - Aston Villa's Kyle Walker has been ruled out through injury - are all equally important to their own clubs.
But the Italian insists he is not favouring England's UEFA Champions League representatives, merely acknowledging their extra workload during a period of the season when they are most at risk of injury. "I decided the five players to let go because they had just played four games in 10 days," said Capello.
"I respect the players and the clubs and I have done this because the players are important for the national team and the clubs. The players in the Premier League are only playing three games, not four. This is a big difference."
The England boss feels he is making the point by retaining Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon, who will all hope to play a part in Spurs' quarter-final first leg encounter with Real Madrid next Tuesday.
"We still have three players from Tottenham who didn't play on Saturday," he argued. "For this reason they are only playing three games in eight days."
Tomorrow's game will play host to Wembley's highest ever official away allocation, after Ghana sold an incredible 21,000 tickets. "It will be a really interesting game for the fans," said Capello. "These matches are important for a manager to understand the value of some players.
"When you play here, at Wembley, it is really important to understand what happens because the England shirt is really heavy. Also, if some important players are injured, I will know who the substitutes should be."
Capello confirmed Phil Jagielka will partner Gary Cahill in central defence, with Leighton Baines occupying the left-back berth. There will also be a second England start for Liverpool new boy Andy Carroll, who is still trying to regain full fitness after a thigh injury, hence his absence at the Millennium Stadium.
"Andy is a really good player but he needs more games to be the same player that we knew three months ago," said Capello. "Tomorrow I hope he will fight and run and will do some things during the game that I remember he can do."