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After a poor showing at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, England manager Fabio Capello will begin the task of getting the national side back on track Friday. England opens its Euro 2012 qualifying campaign against Bulgaria at Wembley Stadium.
Fabio Capello's reputation as a coach took a serious hit following the World Cup and he begins the rebuilding job at Wembley as England host the Bulgarians before a trip to Switzerland.
Chelsea stars John Terry and Frank Lampard will not play in either match but Capello will be buoyed by the early season form of Arsenal forward Theo Walcott.
Steven Gerrard will again lead England in place of the injured Rio Ferdinand.
Capello has gone back on his decision to exclude David Beckham from future squads by confirming the door is open for Beckham to make an international comeback.
England manager Fabio Capello said, "I said the door is open for all the players, always. I want to wait for all the players. I prefer, for this moment, to choose the young players, but always the door is open for all the players."
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