England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson remains in typically pragmatic...
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson remains in typically pragmatic and optimistic mood ahead of Saturday's crunch meeting with Turkey...
Having named a squad not containing Rio Ferdinand, and with Michael Owen still fighting for full fitness, Sven is determined to concentrate on his priority - the football.
"It [the preparation for the Turkey game] could have been much better but hopefully we can be professional enough to focus on Turkey and how we want to play," he said.
"If we want to be mentally prepared in the right way we have to talk about football.
"You have to accept [the decisions made]. My opinion is not very important in this case."
One person's opinion that does matter is the team doctor Leif Sward, who is continually assessing the fitness of influential striker Michael Owen.
The Liverpool man is the top scorer under Sven with 16 goals in 29 games and he missed training on Tuesday to do some rehabilitation work in the swimming pool. Understandably the manager is ready to give his number ten every chance to play.
"There are no rules in football," he said of deciding whether or not to play Owen.
"I asked Michael if he was going to be fit to play. He is very positive.
"We have a plan."
Let's hope it comes together for Saturday.
From Dan Freedman at the England team base in St Albans.