Know Thy Enemy: England’s Final World Cup Squad Announced

It’s England’s turn to announce the 23 lucky players who will board the plane to South Africa. After two friendly victories over Mexico and Japan, manager Fabio Capello has made the tough decisions and cut 7 players deemed to be unfit for the world stage. Here they are!

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, David James, Robert Green.
Defenders: Jamie Carragher, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Ledley King, John Terry, Matthew Upson, Stephen Warnock
Midfielders: Gareth Barry, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Forwards: Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney

Cut: Adam Johnson, Darren Bent, Theo Walcott (!), Tom Huddlestone, Leighton Baines, Scott Parker, Michael Dawson

Talking to a few England fans, the reason why Walcott was cut is because he can’t deliver the final killer pass into the penalty area. Plenty of pace, skill, but it all breaks down when the important play is needed. Unfortunate but he’s young and will have another shot at Euro 2012 qualifying and in the 2014 World Cup. It was not too long ago that he scored a hat trick in Zagreb to help beat Croatia 4-1 in World Cup Qualifying.

Nonetheless, having Aaron Lennon and Shaun Wright-Phillips on the squad frightens me. There is no way Jonathan Spector can keep up with either of them and I’m not sure Steve Cherundolo can either. Forward looks to be their strength with Rooney and Defoe….and Crouch for headers only.

Only eleven days until the big match between England and the United States. Can’t wait for it!


5 thoughts on “Know Thy Enemy: England’s Final World Cup Squad Announced

  1. JFein

    I watched England’s friendly against Japan on Sunday and frankly, I was not at all impressed with them. I do not know how many of their starters they played and they may have some players that match-up well as a whole against us, but as a team, they were not an impressive soccer team at all.

    Then again, you might be able to say the same thing about the U.S. after their games against Czech Republic and Turkey…

    1. Mookie Post author

      They played several fringe players and some starters. England looked…off. But if we have a Strengths vs. Weaknesses matchup I see their wingers just tearing up our defense. At that point it’s all a matter of Shrek (AKA Wayne Rooney) and the other strikers to put the ball past Tim Howard’s goal.

  2. canadiansportsfan

    As an England supporter I am scared by these moves. Walcott definitely should have been on the team and I probably would have put Bent on it too. 24 goals (I think that’s how many he scored this year) is just too good to pass up, regardless of what pundits say about him.

    I am not a big fan of having Heskey on the team.

    England should be good enough to make the quarters, but from that point on I’d be a bit scared depending on who they draw.

    1. Mookie Post author

      Just read some of Walcott’s crossing statistics. Not good at all. I can see why he’s been dropped if that’s the case.

      Still, I still think he can be good.


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