By Ollie Irish
Fabio Capello must cut SEVEN players from his provisional squad of 30 by midnight on June 1st. In Capello’s shoes, which seven players would you ditch?
A reminder of the 30-man provisional squad:
GKs – Joe Hart, David James, Rob Green
DFs – Leighton Baines, Jamie Carragher, Ashley Cole, Michael Dawson, Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Ledley King, John Terry, Matthew Upson, Stephen Warnock
MFs – 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
FWDs – Darren Bent, Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney
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I would get rid of the following baggage:
1. Matthew Upson – He had a mediocre campaign for West Ham and is prone to mistakes on the big stage. Not quite international class.
2. Stephen Warnock – The Villa player is a solid pro but Leighton Baines has had the better season and offers more cut and thrust in attack.
3. Michael Dawson – A difficult call, but we’re stuck with Carragher now (who will surely make the 23, as he can cover Glen Johnson at right-back) and out of King and Dawson, the former Tottenham man has more quality and experience. Dawson’s time will come.
4. Shaun Wright-Phillips – Not good enough, simple as that. Almost certain