England 2010 World Cup Squad Numbers Revealed
Joe Cole, David James and Peter Crouch are among Fabio Capello’s first 11 as he announces England’s squad numbers for the South African World Cup.
Crouch is handed the number nine shirt over Aston Villa’s Emile Heskey, while James is given the number one jersey.
Although the squad numbers do no guarantee anybody a starting position, then do give a good indication of who will be starting in the opening match of the tournament.
"No one’s safe," said captain Rio Ferdinand. "The manager isn’t scared to leave out people with big reputations if he feels they won’t have a positive impact on the squad.
"Reputations may have got in the way in the past, but it is difficult being the England manager. You have to be experienced and have a strong character to deal with the pressure, and he [Capello] deals with everything in the right way.
"It’s impossible to second-guess the manager, to know what he is thinking. There’s no room for complacency, perhaps that’s a better way of putting it. You can’t say to yourself, ‘If I have two or three bad games, I’m still going to play’, which was the attitude of some in the past."
Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard, although confident that England can top their group, is remaining grounded and refusing to look too far ahead into the competition.
"I think we can get out of the group as winners and then we take the last-16 challenges on," he said.
"I do not really want to look any further ahead but we have a good mix of experience and fresh talented youngsters."
England are in Group C among the US, Slovenia and Algeria where Sky Bet give 4/11 odds that they will finish top, while Stan James and Victor Chandler give Capello’s side 1/3 odds.