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Capello rules out Almunia England call

FABIO CAPELLO last night dismissed speculation that Manuel Almunia will be drafted in to ease England&rsquo;s goalkeeper crisis.<br />With first-choice David James ruled out through injury and Ben Foster withdrawing with a knee problem, reports resurfaced once again linking the Spanish-born Arsenal shot-stopper with an unlikely call-up.<br /><br />Almunia, 32, is now eligible to play for England under FIFA&rsquo;s residency rules having lived in the country for five years.<br /><br />But no matter how serious the injury crisis becomes in a World Cup year, Italian boss Capello insists calling upon Almunia is not an option.<br /><br />&ldquo;Almunia, for me, is Spanish,&rdquo; the England boss said ahead of tonight&rsquo;s friendly with Holland in Amsterdam. &ldquo;He is Spanish and he plays for the Arsenal team.&rdquo;<br /><br />With James and Foster on the sidelines, Capello looks certain to keep faith with West Ham&rsquo;s Robert Green between the sticks at the Amsterdam Arena, with Paul Robinson and late call-up Joe Hart as understudies.<br /><br />Both teams have claimed seven successive victories in their World Cup qualifying campaigns so far, although Holland, unlike England, have already booked their place in South Africa.<br /><br />Capello learned a lot from his last defeat as England boss, against Spain back in February, and is taking nothing for granted against the team ranked third in the world. &ldquo;Holland do not have the same quality as Spain but they have had some really good results, so it is a really important test,&rdquo; Capello added. &ldquo;It gives us an opportunity to understand what we will have to do if we play against a team with the same style in South Africa.&rdquo;<br /><br />Capello&rsquo;s sentiments are shared by captain John Terry, who realises the importance of this friendly ahead of a long, hard season. &ldquo;This is a chance to cement our places,&rdquo; the Chelsea skipper said. &ldquo;We had a good year and the manager has stressed that he wants us to immediately start from where we left off. That is what we aim to do but it will be a tough test against a very good side.&rdquo;