Kazakhstan v England preview
05 June 2009. Setanta Sports
by Toby Davis
England face the home nation of Borat on Saturday hoping to avoid an embarrassment on the scale of which the comedy character’s creator Sacha Baron Cohen would be proud.
Kazakstahn have won only one game in Group Six and that was against whipping boys Andorra, so in theory at least, this should be a walk in the park for Fabio Capello’s side.
But the reverse fixture at Wembley was a classic game of two halves with England booed off at half-time with the scores tied at 0-0.
A 5-1 final score put to bed any lingering doubts surrounding the performance, but if the Kazakhs can keep scores level until the same point at home, a partisan crowd may just be able to push the them towards an upset.
Qualification for the World Cup in 2010 is edging ever closer and two wins in the next two encounters will take Capello’s side to within touching distance of South Africa.
Kazakhstan are hardly a force to be reckoned with but England have been hit by a spate of injuries prior to the clash.
David James is out with a shoulder with Robert Green likely to deputise in goal while there is also no Michael Carrick or Rio Ferdinand.
England’s Italian boss has called Bolton’s Gary Cahill into the squad and he will vie with Joleon Lescott and Matthew Upson for the chance to partner captain John Terry at the centre back.