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Stuart Dalgleish 1st Jun 2010 - 12:18

No place for Walcott this time as Capello names 23-man squad

In 2006 Theo Walcott's name was included in then-manager Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad for Germany much to the astonishment of everyone including the young Arsenal star.

No such luck for the inconsistent forward/winger this time around as his place looks like being filled by Shaun Wright-Phillips, himself a bit of a surprise to make the cut this time around by Fabio Capello.

There were other 'surprises' too as Leighton Baines apparently said he is suffering from home sickness and he won't be on the plane to South Africa, Aston Villa's left-back Stephen Warnock will have the duty of being Ashley Cole's understudy.

Upfront it isn't really a shock to see Emile Heskey included, Darren Bent is just forever going to be overlooked on the international stage it seems, the Sunderland man has three times more goals this season than Heskey has had SHOTS on target.

Fair enough the big Villa striker was a regular during qualifying but his lack of game time in the Premier League should have, in my opinion, meant that he missed the cut; if Wayne Rooney gets injured the rest of the teams in the World Cup needn't worry about England's chances.

The Three Lions are now relying on Tottenham Hotspur duo Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe, who finished the season with just two goals in 14 games, to back-up the explosive Manchester United man.

In fairness to Crouch, he's got a fine record for his country and is a real grafter, but he's just not the sort of player that the likes of Brazil and Spain are going to lose sleep over.

The full squad is as follows:

Green

Hart

James

A Cole

Ferdinand (C)

Terry

King

Warnock

Upson

Carragher

G Johnson

Carrick

J Cole

Barry

Milner

Lennon

Wright-Phillips

Lampard

Gerrard

Rooney

Defoe

Crouch

Heskey

 

 
 
 

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