Tensions flared in England's training session at the Dinamo Stadium yesterday as the squad's most recent call-up, the uncapped centre-back Gary Cahill, clashed with Gareth Barry, his former team-mate at Aston Villa.
Cahill, called up following Rio Ferdinand's withdrawal with his calf problem, scythed Barry down in the penalty area during a practice game overseen by Fabio Capello, with the Bolton defender – a product of Villa's youth system who joined the club at 15 before his move to the Reebok last year – then refusing to help his former captain up from the turf.
While the 23-year-old defender walked away from the incident, Barry, clearly incensed, eventually returned to his feet and subsequently ignored Cahill, with whom he was at Villa Park for eight years. Manchester City's new £12m signing was fit enough to continue with Wayne Rooney floating the resultant penalty over Robert Green, who will make his full debut against Kazakhstan on Saturday.
Shaun Wright-Phillips filled in at right-back in the practice game as Gary Neville missed the session with a toe injury. The veteran Manchester United defender is expected to play some part today when the team move their preparations to Almaty's Central Stadium, where the World Cup qualifier is to be staged.Capello is expected to play the 4-2-3-1 formation that has served him so well in recent fixtures, though he may ask Frank Lampard – one of the deeper-lying midfielders, alongside Barry – to push further upfield against opponents ranked 137 in the world. Matthew Upson's prospects of starting alongside John Terry appear to have been enhanced after he featured in the "first team" at training yesterday.
Ferdinand, meanwhile, continues to have treatment back at United's Carrington training complex on the calf complaint that hampered him in the build-up to the Champions League final and prompted his withdrawal from the squad for the game in Kazakhstan. The vice-captain should return to the squad on Sunday ahead of next Wednesday's qualifier against Andorra at Wembley.http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/jun/05/gary-cahill-gareth-barry-england-clash
Gare still hurts my heart.