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Shirokov's absence set to hit Russia hard

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 16, 2014 at 5:43 pm •  Published: June 16, 2014

Yet Capello went on the defensive Monday, saying the Germany match would have been different had officials not ruled out a clear Frank Lampard goal when the score was 2-1. It was in part because of that officiating error that goal-line technology was introduced to football and is being used in Brazil.

"You saw the result yesterday," Capello said, referring to a France's second goal against Honduras on Sunday that was awarded using goal-line technology. "England was just penalized. Everyone knows, from 2-0 to 2-2, what difference that is. But anyway, this helped the case for technology.

"We paid the price for technology that is now out there."

England's struggles in South Africa were a stain on Capello's otherwise superb resume.

"Of course, our biggest star is the coach," Beruzutsky said through a translator. "He is a very respected coach. He won (titles) in Spain and Italy. He is a Champions League winner. We don't have players in our squad with such a respected reputation."

Capello, who has banned his players from using social media in Brazil because of the "nuisance" it causes, has undertaken pre-tournament practice sessions in Moscow, where the temperatures have touched 32 degrees Celsius (90 F).

Denis Glushakov and Viktor Faizulin appear to be battling to replace Shirokov in midfield, while Beruzutsky declared himself fit despite training alone in recent days because of a foot injury.

Capello said Beruzutsky was chosen as captain ahead of midfielder Igor Denisov because "he speaks English and communication with the referee is very important."