Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Preliminary Squad of England for World Cup Football 2010

England manager Fabio Capello has named the provisional 30-man England squad for the FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa on 11 May. There are some surprise inclusions as well as exclusions. All the players were named from the English premier league.

Because Premier League, FA Cup and even Carling Cup matches are broadcast live in South Asia, English football clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United have huge fan followings in all the countries of South Asia.

There are 3 goalkeepers, 10 defenders, 12 midfielders and 5 forwards in the 30-man squad. So, it is likely that defense and midfield will produce most of the exclusions on 1 June when Capello will announce the final squad.

Among the surprise inclusions are retired Liverpool centre back Jamie Carragher, Stephen Warnock, Michael Dawson, Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone and Adam Johnson, while the high-profile omissions are Gary Neville, Joleon Lescott (who has injury problem) and Stewart Downing. Most of the surprises appeared in the defense and midfield.

For the central roles in defense, Ferdinand and Terry are expectedly most favorites, while Carragher, King, Upson and uncapped Dawson are also eyeing for the same role in South Africa.

There are 3 candidates for the left back positions: Ashely Cole, Warnock and Baines, while the competition for the right back position is very less with Glen Johnson being the only contender. Capello may consider Carragher as a makeshift back up for the role.

Creative midfielders Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are certain to make the cut for the final 23-man squad, but Capello may find it difficult to sort out the central midfield. With Gareth Barry doubtful over his fitness, Carrick, Parker and Huddlestone would compete for the central role in England midfield.

James Milner seems to have an edge to go to South Africa for his versatility. Lenon and Cole will vie for the left wing position, while Walcott, who can also play as a striker, Wright-Phillips and Johnson are competing for the right wing position.

Ferdinand has been appointed captain of the side, while Gerrard has been given the role of his deputy.

Here are the names of the players of Preliminary England squad for World Cup Football 2010:


David James (Portsmouth), Robert Green (West Ham United), Joe Hart (Manchester City)


Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (ManU), John Terry (Chelsea), Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ledley King (Tottenham Hotspur), Matthew Upson (West Ham), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa), Leighton Baines (Everton), Michael Dawson (Tottenham)


Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City), Michael Carrick (ManU), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), James Milner (Villa), Scott Parker (West Ham), Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham), Adam Johnson (Manchester City)


Wayne Rooney (ManU), Emile Heskey (Villa), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Peter Crouch (Tottenham), Darren Bent (Sunderland)


  1. WTF, they exculde Beckham? How are they gonna win without Becham freekick? I know he tore his Achilles tendon , but he would have recovered by then. Stupid manager.

  2. beckham only recover in november

  3. what went wrong? Is Capello mad? What is the use of bringing Jammie back? Why not consider the Neville's brother? or even Downing?

  4. capello is out of his mind excluding Michael Owen from the team. He is out of form but the brightest stars shine on the brightest platforms. The defense seems slightly weak. But Joe Hart is in the form of his life. It is to be said that the "DON" has made a balanced squad which without any hurdle can lift the world cup.

  5. Is Capello mad? Whats wrong with the dude, how can you have a world cup without Sylvan Ebanks Blake put him up front with Lineker or Shearer and we would be formidable.Now for goalkeepers whats up with David Seamen his been in great form lately in his 5 a side league.

  6. good luck for the game... i know guys you will all do the best.....thumbs up!!!!

  7. Theo Walcott why take him what can he provide the England squad with. Experience, Skill, Power he has none of these. Hes just a small guy with a bit of pace. Aaron Lennon Englands number one right midfield better than Walcott any day of the week. Now for Victor Moses he may not have experience but he can make up for that will his skill speed and power. Thats my advice for Fabio if he took that England would certainly win the world cup.
    P.s. Nathanial Clyne is playing great at LB for Palace at the minute.

  8. This is a reply to the person who wrote about Theo Walcott.
    You are clearly a Spurs fan who doesnt want Walcott to achieve anything in his career. Lennon number one right midfield you must be having a laugh. On the other hand I concur with your points that both Victor Moses and Nathaniel Clyne should be in the squad.
    I have folowed Arsenal FC for my whole life and im a accomplished author, so heres a little poem i wrote about Spurs fans.

    Roses are red, Violets are blue
    Wheres my foreskin
    O wait im jew