Barry to miss England opener

2010-06-08 09:59
England's Gareth Barry will miss their World Cup opener. (AFP)

London - Gareth Barry confirmed on Tuesday that he will miss England's World Cup opener against the United States on Saturday June 12.

Barry suffered an ankle injury at the beginning if last month, and had been a doubt for the squad, but he recovered ahead of schedule and will resume full training on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old will not, though, be fit enough for Saturday's match in Rustenburg.

"I've been told I'm not playing against USA to give me more time," Barry told British tabloid News of the World.

In Barry's absence, Capello looks likely to team Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in central midfield on Saturday, with Joe Cole occupying the left-sided berth, as they started in Monday's 3-0 warm-up win over league side Platinum All-Stars.

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