Shaun Wright-Phillips about to be introduced into last night's game against the USA. (Picture from Getty images)
Introduced after just half an hour into England's 1-1 draw against the USA yesterday evening, Shaun Wright-Phillips impressed enough to suggest he is likely to feature prominently in the tournament, even if not necessarily as a member of the starting line-up.
England were leading 1-0 when Fabio Capello introduced the winger in place of James Milner - not at 100% from the virus picked up earlier in the week and already on a yellow card - and Wright-Phillips was involved throughout the game, offering a good option on the left and having a good chance to restore England's lead following Robert Green's howler that gifted the American's a way back into the game. He couldn't quite get his shot off as he would have wanted though and ended up hitting fairly tamely at Tim Howard.
Although Fabio Capello will likely make changes for Friday's game against Algeria, this will likely mean Gareth Barry restored to the starting line-up and Steven Gerrard pushed wide - meaning Wright-Phillips may again have to be content with a place on the bench.