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Following England’s match this Sunday against Japan, Fabio Capello will have to start making decisions as to who to trim from his 30 man squad, narrowing it to 23 men who will travel to the training camp in South Africa, looking towards this summer’s tournament.

Monday’s match against Mexico was a flattering win for England, and was a chance for players to try and prove their worth to the manager, in the hope they will be spending the summer topping up the tan on the football pitch, rather than soaking up the sun on some far flung exotic destination.

One place could be decided according to Gareth Barry’s injury. If he is fit, we’ll see another midfielder go home, whilst if he goes home, he frees up a spot for someone else to take a part in England’s campaign.

Many people will post their opinions on this, but heres the FTPB verdict on who won’t be on that plane:

Bent, Dawson, Warnock, Upson, Carrick, Joe Cole, Wright-Phillips

The only real shocks with my choices are the views to take Parker and Huddlestone infront of Carrick and Cole. Huddlestone could offer more than Carrick does, and Carrick was nothing short of awful on Monday. He doesn’t seem interested, and Huddlestone has the ability to create goals as well as being quicker than the Manchester United midfielder.

I don’t think Joe Cole will get a chance, which is a massive shame because I personally rate the player. He was out of favour this season at Chelsea, and I’m unsure as to how Capello feels about the Chelsea star. A summer out of football would allow Joe to potentially change clubs, and get back to his best playing regular football at a team who could utilise him.

There will, in reality, be very few shocks to the selection of players. Capello is now watching the players daily, and even before the match on Sunday, probably has a near certain idea of who will be lining up against the USA on 12th June. Personally, I wish the whole thing would hurry up now – I’m missing my football!

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Written by Nicole Carroll

May 27, 2010 at 10:25 am

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