Sturridge, Welbeck, Walker and Rodwell set for Spain test as Capello searches for England X Factor
Published 22:30 09/11/11 By John Cross
Fabio Capello is ready to give out X Factor style auditions to see if his youngsters can handle the Wembley pressure.
Capello wants to test out the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Kyle Walker and Jack Rodwell in the friendlies with Spain and Sweden.
The England boss may also still promote Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at some stage from the under-21s to give him experience and to take a look close-up.
Capello has high hopes for all of the young players and it now seems certain that there could be a big chance for one of the young forwards with Wayne Rooney facing a Euro 2012 ban.
But the England coach admits that the most valuable exercise from the friendly double header could be to see which players can best handle the pressure and expectation.
Wembley has become a difficult place for England and even Capello admitted he could see fear in some of the more senior players' eyes before their previous game at the famous stadium against Wales.
Therefore, Capello believes being able to cope with the fear factor could be the most decisive part of how the players audition for their roles at Euro 2012.
And Capello admits there will be no bigger test than against world champions Spain and their A list cast of superstars.
"Against Spain, I want to see the level of our young English players to see who has the potential to make the squad for the Euros," said Capello.
"Wembley brings its own extra pressure because of the fans. But I need to see the answers and how players react on the pitch.
"England go into the match with many setbacks. It will be very difficult but our mission is to offer the best image of the team."
The biggest absence for England is Rooney. But while the FA appeal the length of Rooney's ban, the chance is there for the young players to emerge.
Manchester United striker Welbeck, 20, has won two caps and played at Wembley. But Chelsea's 22-year-old striker Sturridge has yet to win a senior cap.
It is a chance for both of them to make an impression as it is for Everton midfielder Rodwell. Spurs right back Walker, 21, has also yet to get a cap despite being in previous squads.
But Capello has decided to use the Spain and Sweden games as a chance to look at some of the younger, emerging players.
Capello has no doubts that the occasion will help fire up England and the sell-out crowd but he also admits that, now his team has qualified, the expectation levels have grown significantly.
"I hope and expect the players to be very motivated for Saturday because we are playing the World champions," said Capello. "Spain are also the European champions and the favourites for next year.
"I notice much expectation around us for Euro 2012. I hope that does not generate its own anxiety.
"It is wrong that England have not been as important in recent times in the football world. We are content but we must put that right."
Capello seems more optimistic now even though he has also this week admitted he is desperate for Rooney's three game ban to be reduced to two matches on appeal.