England coach Fabio Capello has
made several surprise selections in his preliminary 30-man World Cup squad.
Uncapped duo Adam Johnson and
Michael Dawson both feature along with Dawson’s Tottenham team-mate Tom
Jamie Carragher comes out of
international retirement, while fellow defender Ledley King and the injured
Gareth Barry have also been picked.
Stephen Warnock, Scott Parker and
Darren Bent are chosen, with the final 23-man squad to be announced by 1 June.
Under FIFA regulations, Capello is
permitted to bring players into his 23-man squad who were not included in the
England play Mexico at Wembley on
24 May and Japan in Austria six days later as part of a pre-tournament training
That will provide Capello with time
to work with a much-changed squad and put the finishing touches to his
The Italian has included Joe Hart,
23, among his three goalkeepers after the Manchester City player enjoyed an
outstanding season on loan at Birmingham.
Like Hart, left-backs Leighton
Baines of Everton and Aston Villa’s Warnock have one senior cap to their names
and are graduates of the England Under-21 side.
But for cover at right-back and
central defence, Capello has opted for experience with the return of versatile
Liverpool defender Carragher, who appeared at Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup
before retiring in the summer of 2007.
With doubts over the fitness of Rio
Ferdinand, and Wes Brown and Joleon Lescott ruled out through injury, Capello
and assistant Franco Baldini managed to persuade Carragher into reversing his
“The FA got in touch a few
weeks ago and asked if I would have a rethink, due to injury problems,”
said the 32-year-old, who won his first senior cap in April 1999. “I said
I would make myself available.
“The World Cup and Champions
League are the highest levels of football. I’m not getting any younger, we have
no Champions League football (at Liverpool) next season and I am keen to work under
Despite a chronic knee problem,
King’s selection was widely predicted after the Tottenham captain’s fine run of
form in helping his club finish fourth in the Premier League.
“I am really happy because he
played four games in 15 days,” Capello said of King.
Dawson, King’s centre-half partner
at White Hart Lane, has been rewarded for a tremendous season and will now hope
to add some senior caps to his 13 under-21 appearances.
Capello revealed that he tried to
persuade Paul Scholes to come out of international retirement, but failed, and
that he made a late decision to pick Gareth
Barry after speaking to the City doctor.
The World Cup runs from 11 June to
11 July and England open their Group C campaign against the United States in Rustenburg
on 12 June before facing Algeria on 16 June and Slovenia on 23 June.
SQUAD: England’s 30-man provisional
squad for the World Cup finals:
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, David James,
Defenders: Leighton Baines, Jamie
Carragher, Ashley Cole, Michael Dawson, Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Ledley
King, John Terry, Matthew Upson, Stephen Warnock.
Midfielders: Gareth Barry, Michael
Carrick, Joe Cole, Steven Gerrard, Tom Huddlestone, Adam Johnson, Frank
Lampard, Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Scott Parker, Theo Walcott, Shaun
Forwards: Darren Bent, Peter Crouch, Jermain
Defoe, Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney.