Capello announces England squad

Fabio Capello has announced his preliminary 30-man England (6/1 to win the World Cup) squad for the World Cup which sees Carlton Cole, Bobby Zamora, Joleon Lescott and Owen Hargreaves all miss out.

The Three Lions coach has decided to call up Joe Cole, Jamie Carragher, Michael Dawson, Tom Huddlestone and Darren Bent for the upcoming training camp in Austria and subsequent friendly matches against Mexico and Japan.

The squad will then be trimmed down to the final 23 on June 1 ahead of England’s first group game against the USA (8/13 to qualify from Group C) on June 12.

While speculation will be rife over who gets the chop from the squad it looks as though those who have been left out will have to watch the World Cup from their homes.

Despite having featured regularly in the squads during qualifying there was no place for West Ham’s Cole or Manchester City’s Lescott.

Fulham’s top scorer Zamora had also been heavily linked with a call up but misses out as Capello goes for Bent, Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Emile Heskey as his strikers.

Stewart Downing has also failed to force his way into the reckoning, despite having heavily featured for Aston Villa since the turn of the year, with Adam Johnson having been given the chance to shine on the international stage.

Dawson and Johnson are the only uncapped players included in the squad, the Tottenham centre-half being joined by his defensive partner Ledley King in the 30 while Joe Cole and Carragher return to the squad after extended spells in the international wilderness.

Joe Hart, David James, Robert Green

Leighton Baines, Jamie Carragher, Ashley Cole, Michael Dawson, Rio Ferdinand, Glen
Johnson, Ledley King, John Terry, Matthew Upson, Stephen Warnock

Gareth Barry, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Steven Gerrard, Tom Huddlestone, Adam Johnson,
Frank Lampard, Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Scott Parker, Theo Walcott, Shaun

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

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