The 2 warm up games are now over and everyone is awaiting Fabio Capello’s England Squad. It should be announced in the next few hours and every website, newspaper and football fan is speculating on who should be left out of the provisional 30 man squad. After 2 games against Mexico and Japan everyone is questioning what Capello's final squad will be
It seems increasingly likely that Robert Green is going to be the England no 1 and that both reserve keepers will be retained. In defence Warnock, Upson and Dawson are the most concerned. None of them have featured and the re appearance of Carragher with the versatility he offers looks to have ended their hopes.
Everything is being done to ensure Barry will be part of the squad and it will be a massive shock if he is left out. He has played in 19 out of 22 games until getting injured and appears to be an integral part of Capello’s plans. Reports emerging now suggest that Theo Walcott has not done enough to remain in the final 23 (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2010/8713742.stm) which leaves 3 more players. Scott Parker will be one of them, he again has not featured even though he would be the natural replacement for Barry should he not regain fitness in time to play. The final 2 places look to be straight decisions between Carrick or Huddlestone and Bent or Defoe.
I would opt for Carrick and Defoe to complete the final 23. Carrick has played at the highest level before and even though his form over the last 6 months hasn’t been good enough he would be a better option if Barry fails to recover. Up front Defoe has more going for him than Bent and if Capello is taking Crouch and Heskey he doesn’t need anybody else who has a physical presence.
The 7 should be:
Dawson, Upson, Warnock, Huddlestone, Parker, Walcott and Bent
All will be revealed in the next few hours……. Only 10 more days of waiting now