Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has surprisingly failed to make the final cut to catch the South Africa-bound flight to represent
Besides the axing of Walcott, Capello has produced another surprise by including Shaun Wright-Phillips as the back up for right winger Aaron Lennon. Walcott was one of those very few players who started in both of the
Darren Bent, who was in excellent scoring form throughout the last season for Sunderland, was left out following his poor show against
Putting an end to all speculations, Capello named Gareth Barry in the final squad after being assured of the midfielder’s adequate recovery from the ankle injury that he sustained on 5 May during a Premier League match. Barry went through a last minute test by the doctor on Tuesday morning before Capello took a late decision on the player.
Capello also named Manchester United’s holding midfielder Matthew Carrick as the back up for Barry who is most likely to miss England’s opening match against
Ledley King and Jamie Carragher have made the final cut as the back up for Capello’s first choice centre backs Captain Rio Ferdinand and John Terry. Both King and Carragher made their international return recently in a 3-1 win over
Versatile Carragher can also be a back up for right back Glen Johnson. Capello named Stephen Warnock ahead of Leighton Baines as a back up for the first choice left back Ashley Cole.
After a strong performance against
Lampard and Gerrard would play the creative role in the midfield. Versatile Milner is capable of playing almost any role at the middle of the park, though he may prefer the left side of the midfield. There are many who are calling for Lampard to be deployed just behind Rooney, and thus, adding fluidity to English attack.
Despite some excellent saves by Green in the recent friendly games, Capello might still give the no. 1 shirt to David James, weighing on his experience. However, many English fans are not quite comfortable with James being the no. 1 due to the ‘Calamity James’ tag attached to his name.
Wayne Rooney will lead
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Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), John Terry (Chelsea), Ledley King (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Matthew Upson (West Ham United), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa), Glen Johnson (Liverpool)
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Joe Cole (Chelsea), James Milner (Aston Villa), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City)
Wayne Rooney (
Despite couple of surprising decisions from
Average age of the
Four years back in 2006, the average age of
The average appearance of the current
So, it is pretty much clear that in terms of both age and appearance