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Fabio Capello confirms Frank Lampard to captain England in friendly against Spain

Fabio Capello has confirmed that Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard will captain England in Saturday's friendly against Spain at Wembley.

Capello went on to say that John Terry would return as captain for the following game against Sweden despite the recent race row concerning QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

The Three Lions' boss also revealed that Phil Jones will start alongside Lampard in midfield.

Capello told reporters: "Jones will play in midfield. Lampard captain, that is enough, that is my style.

"I decide it always the day of the game, because during the night sometimes players are not well during the night and are not ready the next day.

"It is a risk, not a lot. We respect Spain, we know their style is difficult to play against.

"Tomorrow will be difficult because their possession is good, and, most importantly, when they have lost the ball they try hard to win back the ball, so you need to play quickly with confidence, and we need the fans to support us."

When asked about Terry, Capello responded: "For me he is innocent until proven guilty, I can't speak about this at the moment.

"I decided that he will not play against Spain because I want to see something different. He is team leader because he is always important to the England team.

"He will play against Sweden but he will be on the bench [against Spain]. I can put out all the other players I selected, I can make six substitutions and I will decide the substitutions during the game."

Capello grew frustrated with continuous questioning on Terry's situation and was unwilling to discuss the recent issues that have dogged the Chelsea and England skipper off the field.

The build-up to the game had been overshadowed by England's wish to wear shirts adorned with poppies to commerorate Rememberance day and Capello insisted he was aware of the importance of the gesture.

He continued: "I respect the soldiers that died and I’m proud to put this [poppy] on, really proud because the sacrifice of the soldiers was really important.

"What Fifa decided is a political problem and not my problem, we are focused on the game."