Rio to play in Zagreb
Ledley King is still struggling with his knee on which he had an operation this summer. He has not travelled to Croatia with the England squad, out of precaution, after still feeling uncomfortable despite resting on Monday. The Spurs defender deputised for Rio Ferdinand in Saturday's game against Macedonia and was one of the few players to come away with any credit so his absence could be a blow to England. However, probably to McClaren's relief, Rio is back in training and should get straight back into the side taking on Croatia on Wednesday evening.
To be honest, I'd have been delighted to see King in Croatia and Rio resting in Manchester for Saturday's game against Wigan but of course it's deeply selfish from me. Now we must pray to avoid another injury though Vidic and Brown are available in defence but I feel uncomfortable when there's no Ferdinand in the back four.