England coach Fabio Capello has made several seemingly surprising selections in his preliminary 30-man squad for the South African World Cup this Summer.
The squad features an uncapped pair of Adam Johnson and Michael Dawson, alongside Dawson’s Tottenham Hotspur’s team-mate Tom Huddlestone.
Defenders Ledley King and an injured Gareth Barry have also been selected, while the squad will also see Jamie Carragher coming out of international retirement.
Other selections included Darren Bent, Stephen Warnock and Scott Parker,
Capello will have to announce his final 23-man squad by June 1st, while Fifa regulations state that he is allowed to bring players into his 23-man squad that were not named in the preliminary party.
Therefore the squad Capello will take to South Africa in the Summer is expected not to be too dissimilar to the one he has already named.
The Italian coach will have time to work with his changed squad and apply finishing touches when England take on Mexico at Wembley on May 24th, then Japan in Austria only six days later.
One of the biggest selection stories is the return of Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who has previously appeared at Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup, retiring in 2007.
"The FA got in touch a few weeks ago and asked if I would have a rethink, due to injury problems," said Carragher, 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 Fabio Capello."
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