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With Fabio Capello having decreed that the friendly international against Ghana will see a shadow England side start and with the big names absent, having returned to their clubs, is there a claim for this game to be classified as a rip-off?

Supporters will have coughed up good money to see the likes of Rooney, Terry, Cole and Lampard (amongst others) play, instead they now face travelling to Wembley knowing a second-string will be wearing the three lions shirt, courtesy of Fabio`s strategy.

Ahead of the game the fact that it is an under-strength England side has also brought some comments from the Ghama squad with Asamoah Gyan commenting about the situation,

"I might be disappointed but it`s one of those things. Maybe the fans are disappointed as we have never played against England"

"They have paid a lot of money. They came to see Rooney and the big players. But England are still strong. They`ve never lost to an African team."

Gyan may be putting on a brave face but with a record away following die at the famous stadium, rip-off appears to fit the bill if you ask us!

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 29 2011

Time: 4:33PM

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I thought the team was better than the starting XI. A lot more hunger from the players to break into the national set-up and a hunger to win was shown. No doubt though that even if every England player on the pitch were to score a hat-trick Capello would still revert back to the old system. I would like to see more England players playing with the hunger, desire and passion as that of the Ghana squad. Their positive attacking pace & power football was very entertaining.
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30/03/2011 12:26:00

Imagine the kerfuffle if Rooney, had been injured in a friendly? united and sralex would have whined to high heaven about it - Capello and the FA obviously chose the option of a quiet life (thus risking the City, and Tottenham players). Clearly helps having David Gill on the FA's board eh?
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30/03/2011 20:56:00

Yup fcb it does, it's great you should try it. Fergie did have another moan about international friendlies being pointless by the way.
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