The highly anticipated announcement of Fabio Capello’s thirty man squad has finally been made. Contentious recalls for Jamie Carragher and Shaun Wright-Phillips aside there is an unfamiliar essence of variety about Capello’s squad, something that has been sorely missed by England in previous World Cups.
Amongst the forwards the bulk of Emile Heskey and Peter Crouch is coupled with the vitality and pace of Jermain Defoe and Darren Bent, while midfield inclusions Tom Huddlestone and James Milner should serve as worthy replacements should injury befall Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.
Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher, who had retired from international football before Capello’s appointment as England manager, has been added to the list of defenders potentially making their way to South Africa. There he will join Tottenham’s formidable partnership of Michael Dawson and Ledley King who have both impressed Capello sufficiently in the race for fourth spot in the Premier League.
Goalkeepers David James (Portsmouth), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Robert Green (West Ham)
Defenders Leighton Baines (Everton), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa), Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), John Terry (Chelsea), Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur), Rio Ferdinan (Manchester United), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ledley King (Tottenham Hotspur), Matthew Upson (West Ham)
Midfielders Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham Hotspur), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur), James Milner (Aston Villa), Scott Parker (West Ham), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City)
Forwards Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Darren Bent (Sunderland), Peter Crouch (Tottenham Hotspur), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Emile Heskey (Aston Villa),