England manager Fabio Capello has drafted Jermain Defoe and James Milner in for the crunch World Cup 2010 clash with Slovenia and left Joe Cole on the bench.
The 64-year old has wielded the axe to his struggling side and dropped winger Aaron Lennon and striker Emile Heskey. A vaunted switch for captain Steven Gerrard from midfield to attack has failed to materialise, with Defoe set to partner Wayne Rooney in the 4-4-2 formation favoured in the tournament so far.
At the back, as Capello confirmed earlier in the week, Matthew Upson has been favoured to partner John Terry in central defence after Jamie Carragher picked up a one-match suspension.
The Three Lions require a win today to guarantee finishing top of Group C after previously drawing against the USA and Algeria. Another stalemate would provide a serious risk of the nation failing to reach the knockout stages, while a defeat would definitely end their progression.
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