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!