Fabio Capello names a 30-man provisional squad full of treats – Carragher & Dawson among those included

11th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Fabio Capello has yielded his axe and selected a 30-man strong short-list of players in the running for a place in his final 23-man England squad, which will be confirmed on the 1st June just days after a friendly with Japan. There has been speculation galore about who will make the provisional squad, would there be a few surprise inclusions, some veterans re-called into the England fray, as Capello looks to get a clearer picture about England’s perfect squad.


There were enough surprise additions to have tongues wagging. Jamie Carragher, who only a year ago declared he no longer wanted to be part of the England set up, appears to have accepted Capello’s call with open arms as the Liverpool born centre-half looks to be the adequate backup for John Terry and Rio Ferdiand, both named in Capello’s squad, in the centre-back positions, although Carragher can also play right-back and will more than likely be Glen Johnson‘s reserve should Johnson suffer an injury.

Ledley King and Michael Dawson have enjoyed a fantastic season at the heart of the Tottenham defence and have rightly earned call ups, although the former has never played under Fabio Capello for England while Dawson remains uncapped at international level. Both will provide a satisfactory centre-half reserve but it looks very unlikely that both will travel to South Africa as part of the 23-man England party.


In Midfield, Scott Parker was a major surprise, at least for us, although he’s been the shining light at an otherwise dull and gloomy West Ham United this season, while his spirited attitude could be an attribute Capello might make use of in the finals. However, with Tom Huddlestone also earning a call up and now vying for the same position, Parker may lose out to a player with plenty of youthful years on him.

We’re chuffed to bits that Adam Johnson has entered into Capello’s thoughts, as the former Middlesbrough winger has been an instant hit at Eastlands with Manchester City; his silky skills, his ability to beat a defender with remarkable ease and his eye for the goal makes him a strong candidate to make the final cut, although the competition will be stiff against the likes of Shaun Wright-Philips, Theo Walcott, Joe Cole, Aaron Lennon and James Milner.


Up front, there only surprise was Darren Bent‘s emergence into the England fold, although it’s only surprising because Capello hasn’t shown much of an interest in the Sunderland striker in recent months after he failed to perform in a friendly match with Brazil back in November. Bent finished the Premiership season as England’s second best striker with 24 goals, just two behind main man Wayne Rooney and more than Emile Heskey, a player some would argue doesn’t deserve a place in Capello’s squad due to a lack of first-team apperances for Aston Villa and a severe lack of goals both for club and country, & Peter Crouch combined while he notched up six more than Jermain Defoe, all three named also made the frame.


To sum up; Jamie Carragher, Michael Dawson, Ledley King, Adam Johnson, Joe Cole, Tom Huddlestone and Scott Parker are our obvious surprise entries, while some of those mentioned in the press that missed out were Owen Hargreaves, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and the Fulham late blomer, Bobby Zamora. However, while Capello has expressed an interest in the 30 players named in his provisional squad, there is still time for Capello to pick and choose more players currently off the England radar before the beginning of June. Next up though, pre-tournament training as well as friendlies against Mexico and Japan, two games which will ultimately decide who goes to South Africa with the England camp.


England’s 30-man provisional squad:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, David James, Robert Green.

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Jamie Carragher, Ashley Cole, Michael Dawson, Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Ledley King, John Terry, Matthew Upson, Stephen Warnock.

Midfielders: Gareth Barry, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Steven Gerrard, Tom Huddlestone, Adam Johnson, Frank Lampard, Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Scott Parker, Theo Walcott, Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Forwards: Darren Bent, Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney

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