Fabio Capello today announced the provisional squad for England ahead of next month’s World Cup. By June 1 the roster will have to be reduced to 23 but for now it is worth noting several players who did make the squad and a few who notably did not.
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
Surprises, at least in this space, include lack of Bobby Zamora in this list. Understandable if Capello does not want to bring him to South Africa in the final roster but how Zamora misses out on even consideration at this point is inconceivable. Also shocking was the attempt to include Paul Scholes, who thankfully turned down the opportunity. What could Capello possibly thinking there? In terms of inclusions, seeing Gareth Barry’s name while knowing of his recent injury prognosis was a bit confusing. Jamie Carragher was a bit of a surprise, there is very little chance he will actually travel to RSA. And Tom Huddlestone was not a player this space would have predicted to fill a spot.