Because Premier League, FA Cup and even Carling Cup matches are broadcast live in South Asia, English football clubs like Arsenal,
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
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
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
James Milner seems to have an edge to go to
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 (
Ashley Cole (
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 (