Fabio Capello has named his England 23 man squad that will fly to South Africa to take part in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Seven players will not travel from Capello’s original 30 man squad, including Theo Walcott, Darren Bent, Adam Johnson, Scott Parker, Michael Dawson, Leighton Baines and Tom Huddlestone.
Capello appears to have opted for an experienced squad rather than form, as Jamie Carragher, who came out of international retirement to make the original squad is favoured over Michael Dawson, 26, despite the two players enjoying entirely opposite fortunes at club level. Dawson has been arguably the best defender in the Premier League this season – Carlos Tevez named him “the best” he had faced in his career after Spurs played Manchester City, while Carragher has had a tricky time as Liverpool failed to qualify for the Champions League.
Walcott will also be disappointed to miss out after playing in both recent friendlies. That said, Aaron Lennon, recently returned from injury, showed more penetration and end product than Walcott in the friendly games, and the Spurs player is showing why it is good to get consistent games at club level.
England will line up as one of the favourites, however, with an abundance of riches in midfield matched by a tight rearguard.
First choice goalkeeper will be up for grabs as David James, Robert Green and Joe Hart have none of them established a firm grip on the number one position.
The Global Herald shall tomorrow be listing a full preview of all 32 squads for World Cup 2010.
World Cup 2010 23 Man Squad – England
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), David James (Portsmouth), Robert Green (West Ham).
Defenders: Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ledley King (Tottenham), John Terry (Chelsea), Matthew Upson (West Ham), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).
Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), James Milner (Aston Villa), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City).
Forwards: Peter Crouch (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Emile Heskey (Aston Villa), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).