With the U.S.' best defender Oguchi Onyewu recovering from a knee injury and a possible for the World Cup, fellow defender Carlos Bocanegra will be an essential part of shutting down England’s Wayne Rooney.
As with the U.S., tactics. Capello gets the best out of his best, and as they showed in their outstanding qualification run, they do not get caught on the counter-attack, the press for the ball constantly, and they do not suffer mental lapses.
Also similar to the U.S., England has not been able to create moments of creative magic when they are needed and they have minor weaknesses in every area which become apparent when playing against the best.
Main Men for England
Wayne Rooney is the modern striker: compact, highly skilled, boundless energy, fighting determination and a finishing touch, the English team is built around feeding Rooney. Watch the punishing, end-to-end runs Rooney will make on the break.
Steven Gerrard has been giving a free role in midfield and has responded with relentless and attacking play.
John Terry had a season of self-created distractions and was shown to be the crude but usually well-placed defender he has always been. With first-pick Rio Ferdinand out with injuries and fellow defender Ashley Cole on the squad but recovering from a long injury-induced lay-off, defensive responsibilities rest on Terry’s shoulders.