As a football manager, it is one of the few secret weapons inthe armory: keeping opponents in the dark about your startinglineup.The merits, though, of extending such stealth to your ownplayers has become a vexed issue in England’s troubled World Cupcamp.While adding a late unexpected name in the first team candisrupt rivals’ best-researched tactical planning, Fabio Capelloalso keeps that information from his own players until two hoursbefore kickoff.And such uncertainty has been seized on as a reason for Englandstarting the World Cup with two dithering draws and leaving itscampaign relying on beating Slovenia on Wednesday.Capello’s critics contest that telling goalkeeper Robert Greenso late he was starting against the United States left him mentallyunprepared for his World Cup debut.Green may have backed up that argument by spilling ClintDempsey’s shot into his own net just before halftime in the 1-1draw.Even David James – who replaced Green against Algeria – barelydisguised his frustration about being told so late by Capello onFriday.“I found out five minutes before we got on the bus (for thestadium),” the 39-year-old James said. “We train hard now for afew days and wait for the selection again five minutes before weleave again on Wednesday.”England defender Jamie Carragher knows no different… Read full this story
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