England’s Preliminary World Cup 30-Man Roster

Lampard: Tried & true...


Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, David James, Robert Green.

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 Wright-Phillips.

Forwards: Darren Bent, Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney.

36 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/05/11 at 6:07 AM

    No Ashley Young…thank God


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/11 at 6:10 AM

      Great catch Antonio and thanks. How you choose Wright Phillips over him, not sure.
      Big hole at RB if Glen J goes down — no Micah Richards obviously –thankfully for England.


      • Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/05/11 at 9:24 AM

        I wouldve seriously been scared of AY because he can REALLY break you down 1v1. Yea Lennon is fast but he and Theo mainly use a quick cut and cross or in Theo’s case, a cut to get in the box only to make a poor decision.


  2. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/11 at 6:54 AM

    How can Capello select Barry (highly doubtful), Carrick, Huddlestone and Parker in the same sqaud, essentially 4 players in one position? That just highlights how little faith he has in these three. I’d go for Parker. Huddlestone has caught my eye, and he has great passing ability, but his lack of pace worries me and if an opponent gets the wrong side of him, he’s never going to recover.

    And then leave out Young and Downing? Don’t even get me started on Wright-Phillips. I will go on record to say that I think he is total pants, utter toilet.

    Carragher can play right back (like Brown, I think it is his versatility that Capello likes), and at a push, so can Milner. But they don’t offer the offensive that Johnson does. Also glad Dawson got in the 30, but not sure he has done enough to get into the 23. His form for Spurs has been good this season, but he is completely unknown at this level (post group stage), and now is not the time to be effing about with such an important position.

    Personally, I would have liked to have seen Agbonlahor but I guess Bent deserves his place after this his scoring this season. I just love Agbonlahor’s pace – I think he would be a better impact sub than Bent.

    Overall, apart from Carragher, I am not too surprised with this squad. Now all we have to do is to sort out this hung parliament…


    • I think it’s right to put the injured Barry on the 30 and hope he recovers in time – otherwise he’d be out as of now. Is the gap after Barry and the other three that big or is it just that Carrick has been in poor form and Capello isn’t particularly familiar with the other two.

      Like most things Liverpool in 2010, Carra frankly makes me laugh. What on earth has he done this season to earn a recall?

      Also agree that Wright-Phillips is a waste of space but I think that’s just insurance.

      Good luck on Parliament!


      • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/05/11 at 9:22 AM

        Carragher was not recalled. He was convinced to come out of retirement. A year too late I feel but as George mentions, he brings versatility. Personally i think he’s less of a liability then Terry, though the Chelsea captain is a threat in the air. Upson is frightening!

        Capello is known to take players on form rather then name but no idea why ashley young has not been chosen.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/11 at 9:49 AM

          IMO, Carragher is a poor man’s Terry. If they were our two CBs, we would get too far in the competition. There would be no balance in the pairing and zero pace…


          • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/11 at 9:51 AM

            I’m not sure how Shawcross–a faster version of oft-injured Wes Brown–didn’t make it.

            I’m not a Garragher fan though.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/11 at 10:12 AM

          I personally would have picked Gary Cahill before Ryan Shawcross. But regarding Brown, I am glad that he’s not in the squad. I think Carragher will be 4th choice CB and 2nd RB. Which means that we can go with 7 defenders and perhaps 9 mids or 5 strikers. I guess it will all depend on how good Ferdinand feels because that would be a risky strategy given that he’s only played a third of United’s game this season.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/11 at 9:23 AM

        The next medical update on Barry is 24th May, and Capello will make a decision then depending on what the doctors say. It is annoying, because some reports say it is a sprain and he’s out from 3-4 weeks, others say it is ligament damage and predict 7-8 weeks. All I want is the truth!


    • And you got a government! Congrats!


  3. Quite a squad England have…

    Look at all those CBs!!! 6! Carra, Dawson, Ferdinand, King, Terry, Upson. Carra – please, please play right back on June 12! Warnock and Baines in a battle to back up Cashley.

    Joey Cole makes the list. Good for him – England can use his talents a bit more than they need 4 true wingers. Like that Canadian dude from the last Big Cup, Joey’s extra bit of class really shows at this level. That said, Adam Johnson is the rarest of creatures, a left-footed English winger, so he’s probably in though he’s tended to play inverted.

    Huddlestone, Carrick, Parker in a battle for one spot if Barry wins his battle for fitness (questionable). Then the ever-puzzling Lampard/Gerrard conundrum, but the choice is more obvious this time around.

    Up front, there’s an epic battle between Bent and Heskey, I reckon. While Roo, Crouch and Defoe are in.

    Quite a squad that gives Capello a lot of tactical options. I’d love to see England playing 2 inverted wingers with their 2 very attacking fullbacks (Cole, G. Johnson) having a lot of freedom to get forward. I’d say Roo up top on his own with Adam Johnson on the right, Aaron Lennon on the left, a central midfield three of Barry, Lampard and Joey Cole with Terry and King at CB. I reckon that would be something to see.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/11 at 8:02 AM

      I think the issue is that Carrick has been poor for United this season, especially when playing against the better teams. It is no coincidence that he’s been benched by Sir Alex. With Huddlestone and Parker, it’s more that they haven’t been tested at this level (not talking about group play because the players that they face in the EPL is a higher standard than Slovenia and Algeria, and probably USA).

      I like the idea of inverted wingers, but I also like Walcott / Lennon on the right because they can both go inside and outside – and we can get behind the defence without G. Johnson going walk-about. Put them on the left and both wing play will tend to cut in… But we do have a lot of options.

      I would like to see King playing in the must win game versus the strongest Group C opponent, the USA and then rested for the other two, ready for the last 16. But if fit, Capello will go with Ferdinand and Terry. Hopefully, Upson doesn’t make the 23. I feel he makes too many avoidable errors and against top class opposition, it will be too costly.


    • “Look at all those CBs!!! 6!”

      Well, they go down at a rate of about one a week so they might have two to start by the USA match😉


  4. Posted by itally on 2010/05/11 at 7:43 AM

    Nice to see Adam Johnson on the list. Too bad about Agbonlahor and Ashley Young — really wanted to see them them make it.


  5. Posted by phlub on 2010/05/11 at 8:45 AM

    bobby zamora… i guess he really had no chance despite ruud’s shout out.


  6. no gabby young or zamora. and midfielders galore!


  7. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/11 at 1:01 PM

    I must admit, I was a little concerned about Davies’ pace and Terry’s lack of it. Obviously, I didn’t want a player to miss out on a WC, but I do feel a little more comfortable about 12th June.



    • After the 12th, I’ll be cheering you all the way to your dramatic exit on penalty kicks to Germany in the semifinals!


      • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/05/11 at 3:08 PM

        Tuesday – Wow…that’s awfully generous of you to think we will make it all the way to the semi’s😉


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/11 at 3:15 PM

          Shaun, I didn’t know that you were a 3 Lions fan!

          Tuesday, I thought your second team was Australia, no? I want England to play them in the Last 16, so we can beat them again, just like we did in the rugby and cricket – we OWN Autralia!! They will always be our b1tchs!! They love having our Queen on their money!!


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/11 at 3:10 PM

        I think that is impossible as Germany are in Group D and SF opponents will come from the other half of the draw! But, I like the fact that you think we’ll get to the semis!


        • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/05/11 at 4:03 PM

          George…am British


          • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/11 at 4:07 PM

            So Shaun / GeorgeCross…

            Let’s discuss some of these selections (Shaun, you should write something up top in the column)

            – Shaun Wright Phillips OVER Ashley Young….you’re kidding, right? That’s like taking Jeff Cunningham over Buddle 2010 form.- – Who’s your keeper? Green at this point? Does James really want to sit? – RB? Warnock? Carragher? – Looks like this Barry thing is serious: Scott Parker, Michael Carrick and Tom Huddlestone. Huddlestone is a solid player, but he doesn’t–in my opinion–have the speed ot handle a singular CDM role at the World Cup level. If Barry is hurt…is Carrick, Milner or who? the CDM – I liked the striker selections after I learned that Zamora is consistently take a shot (at least, word is…) – No Gary Cahill in the middle in favor of Upson, King and….Carragher?


        • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/05/11 at 4:33 PM

          Am writing something right now…will be posted tomorrow 30 men in 30 days!


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/11 at 5:41 PM

          British doesn’t have a Football Association, Shaun!


  8. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/11 at 6:53 PM

    I am very upset about SWP over Young (or even Downing). One would have to think that Green has the jersey. He is a solid shot stopper but I must admit, I do worry about his ability to back pedal / his footwork coming for crosses – I won’t lie. regarding Barry, I will sit on this until the 24th once we get the medical report, but if Capello goes for an actual like-for-like replacement if Barry is deemed unfit, going on this season’s form, IMO it would have to be Parker. I said above that although I like Huddlestone’s distribution and technique (and he’s got a half decent shot on him), I don’t like the thought of him being the wrong side of the opponent’s deep-lying forward and not being able to recover. And regarding “World Cup level”, I’d say that they might only look out of their element against the better teams that one would expect in a QF. Not meaning to sound arrogant or disrespectful to Slovenia or Algeria, but they shouldn’t be troubling England (or the USA for that matter) too much defensively, if everybody does their job. Regarding centre back, no need to take rookies when we have the experience and ability available. Cahill is one for 2014 for sure.

    Based on this 30 man squad, my 23 would be:

    GK: Green, James, Hart

    I think there is no argument here.

    DEF: G. Johnson, A. Cole, Ferdinand, Terry, Carragher, King, Baines (Upson)

    I feel it is a straight fight between Baines & Warnock, and Upson & Dawson. I don’t think Capello would bring King unless he was serious about the 23 given his well documented knee problems, and I can see the FA bringing along his club doctor at Spurs to manage King between games, as he will have the know-how. Carragher has the versatility to play at CB and RB.

    MID: Gerrard, Barry, Parker Lampard, Walcott, Lennon, Milner, A. Johnson. J. Cole

    IMO, the only major question mark is Barry and his replacement. I have given my rationale above. If Barry is fit he goes. His back-up is one of the places up for grabs. I’d lik.e to see Parker, but I also concede that Capello might opt for experience and go with Carrick, rather than Huddlestone if Barry is unfit. It is well documented on TSG that I am not a fan of Wright-Philips. He just hasn’t done enough when he’s played for England, and more importantly, he has done enough less during competitive matches. Then there’s a less than impressive season at Man City. The last postion up for grabs is between Johnson and Cole. But I have been bold to say that they both might go if Capello takes a calculated gamble on leaving Upson behind, as they both have that something extra to make something happen in the final third, which is so scarce at the highest level (I do concede that Johnson is the wild card and unknown).

    FWD: Rooney, Heskey, Defoe, Crouch, (Bent)

    I also think that the forward line is self explanatory. Bent could be in if Capello goes with 5 strikers, but I cannot see him going if only 4 are chosen, even after his impressive season – 2 games and a training camp won’t be enough to oust Heskey. Bent might score more than Heskey, but will England as a team score more with Bent in the team? That is the more important issue at stake here.


  9. Posted by Wilson on 2010/05/11 at 7:08 PM

    There is way more talent on this roster then USA. But Capello is weak spot at FB. Ashley Cole just off injury and Glen Johnson is just handed Gary Neville long tenured spot, with no one to back him up, not even Micah Richards. With this 30 I think they would be a 4-3-3 team. Rooney with J Cole and Walcott and then Gerrard and (injured) Gareth Barry with Michael Carrick. Terry is the only CB that stays healthy. Rio and King are injury prone. My hope is that they are unfit for play for USA then we can beat a DLine with just Terry.


    • Posted by Wilson on 2010/05/11 at 7:09 PM

      I also would not want to see David James in goal for England. He can make amazing saves on even the best of shots.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/11 at 7:18 PM

      I would be surprised if Capello does not use some sort of 4 band formation like he has done since he’s been England manager, especially in the first half of games. But 4-3-3 could be an attacking formation of 4-5-1. Against Slovenia and Algeria, I wouldn’t surprised if our attacking formation resembled 4-2-4…


  10. Posted by Jimmy Salango on 2010/05/12 at 7:54 AM

    John Terry suffers a possible broken toe in training today with Chelsea


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