LIVERPOOL breathed a sigh of relief after Steven Gerrard was omitted from the England squad for Friday’s final Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro.
The Reds’ medical staff informed the national set-up the skipper wasn’t ready for duty due to his lack of action following six months out with a groin injury.
And common sense has prevailed with Gerrard now remaining at Melwood during the international break.
Capello was at Goodison for Saturday’s derby and saw the midfielder come off the bench midway through the second half. The 31-year-old made a big impression but has still only played 48 minutes of competitive football since March.
Prior to the weekend, Gerrard had suggested Capello looked elsewhere when he said: “I think everyone knows I’m still not 100% match fit. In my opinion, it’s probably still a bit too early.”
Liverpool team-mates Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing have been named in Capello’s 24-man squad, along with Everton’s Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka.
England travel to Podgorica knowing that a point against Montenegro will secure a place at next summer’s finals in Poland and Ukraine.
ENGLAND SQUAD: Scott Carson (Bursaspor), Joe Hart (Man City), David Stockdale (Ipswich); Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Bolton), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Man Utd), Micah Richards (Man City), John Terry (captain, Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Tottenham); Gareth Barry (Man City), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Man City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Man City), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Man Utd); Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), Danny Welbeck (Man Utd), Bobby Zamora (Fulham).