With England manager allowing five players rejoin their clubs, are they underestimating the Black Stars? Fabio Capello has let John Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard return to Chelsea ahead of the their Champions League clash against Manchester United next week as well as letting Wayne Rooney and Michael Dawson go back to United and Spurs. Capello said “these players would have played 4 games in 10 days, its too much” during an interview which can be viewed over at itv.com. One player has been brought into the squad and that is striker Danny Welbeck. Capello has confirmed that Gary Cahill, Andy Carroll and Phil Jagielka will all start, that leaves 8 postions still open. Matt Jarvis may get his first cap tonight. Baines and Johnson will be on the right and left side of defense respectively. Gareth Barry will also start as he has been named captain for tonights game and he will occupy midfield, but with who? if England decide to play with one up top that would leave 2 more space in midfield, of maybe one in midfield and one just behind the striker. If Parker is fit he may well get the nod to partner Barry and that may well see Carroll up top with Defoe behind him, or maybe Ashley Young.
Even though the line-up will still be strong, many of the travelling fans will feel aggrieved at the release of the top players as they have travelled to see the likes of Wayne Rooney. All 20,000 tickets have been sold for the away fans as well as the a percentage of tickets that would have been brought by domestic Ghana fans that will be travelling to Wembley to weatch their home team. Despite the lack of some of the major players from England Ghana will field a full strength team and the Ghana fans will be making themselves heard and the pride of seeing their natinal team play will be evident, from the young fans who will be seeing their team play live for the first time to the veteran travelling fans, a noisy wembley is to be expected.
The Ghana squad for tonight’s game:
Goalkeepers: Richard Kingson (Blackpool, England), Sammy Adjei (Hearts of Oak, Ghana) Ernest Sowah (Berekum Chelsea, Ghana)
Defenders: John Paintsil (Fulham, England) Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine) Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium) David Addy (Academica Coimbra, Portugal) Jonathan Mensah (Granada, Spain) Isaac Vorsah (Hoffenheim, Germany) John Mensah (Sunderland, England) Lee Addy (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia)
Midfielders: Anthony Annan (Schalke 04, Germany), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Bernard Kumordzi (Panionios, Greece) Kwadwo Asamoah (Udinese, Italy) Sulley Muntari (Sunderland, England) Derek Boateng (Getafe, Spain) Kevin-Prince Boateng (AC Milan, Italy) Andre Ayew (Marseille, France) Opoku Agyemang (Al-Ahli, Saudi Arabia)
Attackers: Asamoah Gyan (Sunderland, England) Prince Tagoe (Partizan Belgrade, Serbia) Dominic Adiyiah (Partizan Belgrade, Serbia) Nathaniel Asamoah (Asante Kotoko, Ghana)
Ghana boast a lot of talent along with a lot of players for the future, Dominic Adiyiah, Kwadwo Asamoah, Andre Ayew and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu. Ghana also have a few players surrently playing in the premiership. Asamoah Gyan, Suklley Muntari, John Mensah, John Paintsil and Richard Kingson. Richard Kingson may be the weak link. He is a very agile keeper but sometimes he makes mistakes that can cost dear.