Kick off nears at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.
Germany forward Cacau will miss Sunday’s World Cup knockout round clash against England in Bloemfontein with an abdominal muscle strain.
Cacau, who scored in the 4-0 win over Australia and started for Germany in their victory over Ghana, suffered the problem in training.
“The injury will rule him out,” said team manager Oliver Bierhoff.
Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (hamstring) and defender Jerome Boateng (calf muscle) face late fitness tests.
Both players took part in a light training session on Saturday.
“We will take the final decision on Sunday and the last training session where we will see how fit they are,” said goalkeeping coach Andreas Koepke.
If Schweinsteiger is ruled out then 20-year-old Toni Kroos is set to deputise.
Marcell Jansen or Holger Badstuber could replace Boateng as left-back.
Miroslav Klose is set to replace Cacau having served a one-match suspension.
The Italian has the luxury of having all his 23-man squad fit and available, with Rooney and Aaron Lennon having recovered from ankle knocks.
His only dilemma is who will partner John Terry at centre-back.
Matthew Upson is favourite for the job after impressing against Slovenia, but Jamie Carragher – after suspension – and Ledley King – after injury – are both available again.
“I know my team, you probably know the same,” said Capello, who is expected to name the same side that beat Slovenia 1-0 in their final group game.
“You know the first 10 players that will play, except for one.” (BBC Sport)
So there you have it. The team more or less selected as far as England it concerned its just a question of who will partner John Terry at the heart of the defence. Matt Upson had a solid game against Slovenia but Ledley King and Jamie Carragher clearly were ahead of the Hammers man in Fabio’s thinking so it could be a tough decision for the Italian to make.
The Germans have a few more changes to make but Joachim Low has a very strong squad to mix and match from so whomever they put out will provide a very stiff test for the English.
Who do you think should play alongside John Terry?