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If England is going to avoid the upset and defeat the United States in Saturday's high-profile World Cup opener, it will have to do so without Gareth Barry.
The Manchester City midfielder revealed on Monday that he is being held out of Saturday's World Cup match to give his injured ankle more time to heal.
Barry's absence means a like central midfield pairing of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, with Gerrard potentially being called on to handle more defensive duties.
What do you think of this development? Think it helps the United States, or are you worried about how the Americans will handle the Gerrard-Lampard combo (or are you not buying it until you see Barry in a track suit on Saturday?).
Share your thoughts below.