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Filed: Monday, 21st June 2010
By: Staff Writer

Matthew Upson is set to make his World Cup bow in England's must-win game against Slovenia on Wednesday night.

Under-pressure England manager Fabio Capello confirmed during a press conference this morning that the 30-year-old Hammer will start alongside Chelsea's John Terry at the heart of the English defence in a game that the Three Lions must win in order to progress to the knock-out stages of the competition.

Despite starring in the majority of England's World Cup qualifying matches Upson was dropped first for Ledley King, who sustained an injury during England's opening game against the USA, and then left out as Jamie Carragher, who had previously announced his retirement from the international scene, replaced the Tottenham man.

But with Carragher suspended for the Slovenia game having picked up two yellow cards in England's opening two matches Upson is in almost by default, being preferred to England's only other fit centre half, Tottenham's Michael Dawson (who was only drafted into the squad following Rio Ferdinand's withdrawal).

Despite the squad rallying behind Robert Green, who was dropped for making a solo mistake against the US, the Hammers stopper is unlikely to feature with Portsmouth's 39-year-old goalkeeper David James expected to retain his place.

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by Bunty
11:04AM 22nd Jun 2010
''Would rather Dawson, as tough as it is to admit.''

by telboy007
01:43PM 21st Jun 2010
''I'm pretty sure someone on the coaching staff will talk Capello out of this.''

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