Ex-Reading FC loan star Upson to start for EnglandBy Jonny Fordham
June 21, 2010
Ex-Reading loanee Matthew Upson will start for England in their crucial Group C World Cup game against Slovenia on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old centre-back, who made 15 appearances for Reading and scored once on loan from Arsenal in 2002, will partner former Three Lions captain John Terry in the final group fixture.
England manager Fabio Capello has called upon the West Ham defender as Jamie Carragher is suspended following two yellow cards he picked up in the previous two group games.
Capello’s men must win to secure their place in the knockout stages of the competition in South Africa.
Elsewhere, Royals goalkeeper Adam Federici has twice been an unused substitute for Australia’s Group D games.
Pim Verbeek’s side lost 4-0 to Germany, but picked themselves up with a 1-1 draw against Ghana on Saturday.
The Socceroos still have a chance of making the last 16, but have to beat Serbia by three goals to progress.
Reading manager Brian McDermott has already told the Post that he will allow his 25-year-old No.1 time off to rest ahead of the Championship campaign.
The rest of the squad are due back in training on Thursday, July 1.
Former Reading winger Stephen Hunt has signed for Wolves from Hull City for an undisclosed fee.
He joins ex-Royals stars Kevin Doyle and Marcus Hahnemann at Molineux.