Predict England’s Final World Cup 2010 Squad Of 23

Ollie Irish

10th, May 2010


By Ollie Irish

With England’s provisional squad of 30 set to be announced on Tuesday, here’s my semi-educated stab at predicting Fabio Capello’s final 23 (which must be announced by midnight on June 1st).

Note: This is the squad I think Capello will pick, rather than my own choice.


Rob Green (West Ham)

Joe Hart (Man City, pictured)

David James (Portsmouth)


John Terry (Chelsea)

Ashley Cole (Chelsea)

Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd, pictured)

Glen Johnson (Liverpool)

Leighton Baines (Everton)

Ledley King (Tottenham)

Matthew Upson (West Ham)

Jamie Carragher (Liverpool)


Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

Aaron Lennon (Tottenham)

James Milner (Aston Villa, pictured)

Adam Johnson (Man City)

Gareth Barry (Man City)

Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

Joe Cole (Chelsea)


Wayne Rooney (Man Utd)

Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)

Emile Heskey (Aston Villa)

Peter Crouch (Tottenham, pictured)

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As you can see, I suspect Capello will go largely with experience (that’s his style), so no place for form players such as Tom Huddlestone, Michael Dawson, Bobby Zamora and Scott Parker.

City winger Adam Johnson will be the one wild card. I also predict the Italian will manage to coax Jamie Carragher out of retirement, and that he will gamble on Gareth Barry’s fitness too.

Do you agree? I’d love to hear your predictions…

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  1. Podge says:

    Gareth Barry still at villa?

  2. Chris says:

    Green, Hart, James

    Terry, Ferdinand, Dawson, A.Cole, G.Johnson, Baines, Upson

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

    Rooney, Heskey, Crouch, Defoe, D. Bent

    P.S – Ollie, I think you’ve only chosen 22 men.

  3. Ollie says:

    @ Podge – Doh. Amended.

    @ Chris – Doh. Added Joe Cole to make 23.

  4. Mathers says:

    Difficult to predict but i would take;

    Green, Hart, Robinson

    Terry, Ferdinand, Dawson, King, A.Cole, G.Johnson, G.Neville

    Gerrard, Lampard, Milner, Lennon, A.Johnson, J.Cole, Huddlestone, Walcott

    Rooney, C.Cole, Crouch, Defoe, Bent

  5. Chris Lampard says:

    Hart, Green, James
    Terry, Ferdinand, King, A.Cole, G.Johnson, Carragher
    Gerrard, Lampard, Lennon, Huddlestone, Milner, A.Johnson, J.Cole, Barry, Scoles (I wish), if not Parker
    Rooney, Heskey, Crouch, Defoe, D.Bent

    I think Milner can be cover for Ashly Cole at left back but also be a change up player in the middle. King be the difference between glory or tears he can play anywhere across the back 4, if his knee was ok he could also play defensive midfield. If he is fit, I would play him instead of Terry.
    I’d love for Scoles to go, I know its a long shot, but image him coming on with 20 minutes to go in the final, he can change everything, when he plays for England he scores GOALS!!
    With no Becks Adam Johnson is the change on the right I reckon, another game breaker. I’d take him rather than Walcott.

    What do you reckon??

  6. Binnsey says:

    Green, Hart, James (3)

    Terry, Ferdinand, Dawson, A.Cole, G.Johnson, Bridge (he will change his mind), King (7)

    Gerrard, Lampard, Milner, A.Johnson, Walcott, Lennon, Barry, Hargreaves

    Rooney, Heskey, Crouch, Defoe, Zamora (5)

  7. Papa G says:

    James, Hart (2)

    Terry, Ferdinand, Dawson, King, A.Cole, G.Johnson, L.Baines

    Gerrard, Lampard, Lennon, Milner, Huddlestone, Barry, A.Johnson, M.Taylor, Walcott

    Rooney, Crouch, Bent, Defoe, Zamora

  8. Calum says:

    Capello’s 23
    Green, Hart, James;
    Terry, Ferdinand, A.Cole, G.Johnson, King, Carragher, G.Neville;
    Lampard, Gerrard, Milner, Walcott, Lennon, Barry, A.Johnson,J.Cole;
    Rooney, Crouch, Heskey, Defoe, Agbonlahor.

  9. Pooch says:


    Green, Hart, James
    Terry, Ferdinand, A.Cole, G.Johnson,
    Gerrard, Lampard, Milner, Lennon, Barry,
    Rooney, Heskey, Crouch,

    Very Probable:

    Baines, Carragher(after the meetings he had I think its seeled) King/Dawson (will only bring one, my money on King)

    That leaves 3 places very much up for grabs.

    1. With the way Caapello plays Heskey up top and Heskeys odds of turning up to each game in an ambulance I think he has to take Zamora.

    2. Given Barrys injury I think he will take one of Huddlestone/Parker as extra cover.

    3. The last place is a complete lottery. He could punt for the extra defender and bring Dawson or the extra middfielder and bring Hudd & Parker. I think the squad at this stage is well balanced and Capello will look for something different to spring from the bench i.e Walcott or J.Cole. Both men had very poor seasons, both men prob not fully fit. You already have pace in there with Lennon so bringing Walcott doesn’t add much, therfore I think he will go with J.Cole to recapture some of that guile he showed in years gone by.

  10. Jordan says:

    no n’zogbia?
    this list is void

  11. aaron says:

    how can anyone have heskey over zamora?? thats crazy

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  13. xxx says:

    Rooneyy you are the star of this sport (*)

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