Wayne Rooney will not be in England squad, confirms Fabio Capello

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Capello defends Rooney decision

Coach Fabio Capello has confirmed that Wayne Rooney will not be selected in the England squad to face Spain and Sweden when it is named on Sunday.

The Manchester United striker, 26, is facing a three-match ban after being sent off against Montenegro last month.

The Football Association has appealed the ban but, if it is upheld, Rooney will miss the Euro 2012 group matches.

"I spoke to him and told him he would not be selected for this game and he understood this," Capello told FAtv.

"I want to see some players who can play in the Rooney position. I want to know the value of some players because Saturday's game against Spain will be really important.

"Spain play a different style to other teams and the Rooney position will be really important not only in this game but when we play in the Euros in Poland."

Capello confirmed that Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge will be selected in the squad, along with Rooney's Manchester United team-mate Danny Welbeck.

"I want to see something different," said Capello.

The Italian also confirmed that he would make a decision with regard to Rooney and the Euro finals once the outcome of the FA's appeal is known.

"Rooney is an important player and we are waiting to hear from Uefa on the appeal from the FA," Capello added. "I will make a decision on Rooney after I know everything."

England last played Spain in February 2009, when Capello's men were beaten 2-0 by the reigning European champions in Seville.

Last summer, Spain completed an international honours double by winning the World Cup in South Africa and Capello is eager to see how his players fare against such strong opponents.

"I don't know how many players played in the last game," said Capello. "I think Frank Lampard was captain and maybe two or three others."

"It will be difficult for us because Spain have improved quite a lot. They have won the Euros and the World Cup which has given them confidence. It will be important for the players playing on Saturday to know the value of the World Cup winners."

Capello is also keen to see how his players cope with Spain's much-lauded style of football.

"Spain play the new style, which is to press and get the ball with the forwards," added Capello. "It is really difficult to beat Barcelona, who play this style, and Spain because seven players come from that Barca side. They have transferred the style from Barcelona to the national team.

"It will be really interesting to see the defenders when they receive the ball and they will be pressed from the opponents.

"It is impossible to copy Spain's style because it comes from long periods of training from the Barcelona school. They start at the academy and transfer the style to the seniors."

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