CUP FINAL TEAM NEWS: Larsson’s shock start – but Altidore dropped from squad

MIXED FORTUNES ... Larsson and Altidore.
MIXED FORTUNES ... Larsson and Altidore.
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SEB Larsson was handed a shock start in the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City today – but there was no place in the squad for Jozy Altidore.

Swedish star Larsson – who won the competition with Birmingham two years ago – came into the midfield, while Fabio Borini was handed a lone striker’s role.

Wes Brown.

Wes Brown.

Altidore, who performwed poorly last weekend at Arsenal, was dropped entirely from the squad, with Steven Fletcher deemed fit enough for a place on the bench.

Wes Brown came back into the side at centre-half after his suspension.

Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, Alonso, O’Shea (c), Brown, Cattermole, Colback, Ki, Larsson, Johnson, Borini. Subs: Ustari, Gardner, Fletcher, Celustka, Giaccherini, Vergini, Scocco