Three LionsALL the attention may be on the weekend’s opening World Cup fixtures but this week’s announcement of the final 23-man England squad has sent BBM’s mind spinning back four years ago. Namely, why the frigging frig did Sven Goran-Eriksson pick Theo Walcott for the 2006 tournament.
Not only did he not get a game out there, he’s not even good enough to get in the squad for this year’s competition.
Walcott was the biggest casualty of Fabio Capello’s cull, with Darren Bent, Adam Johnson, Leighton Baines, Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone and Michael Dawson also missing out.
No great losses there, but of greater worry is the players who’ve made it.
Stephen Warnock? Emile Heskey? Matthew Upson? A look at our list of keepers is enough to put the willies up our defence, while Michael Carrick and Joe Cole were rubbish all season. In other words, scrape the surface of the first eleven and we’re crap. Don’t get your hopes up people.
England’s 23-man World Cup squad:
Keepers: Joe Hart, David James, Robert Green.
Defenders: Jamie Carragher, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Ledley King, John Terry, Matthew Upson, Stephen Warnock.
Midfielders: Gareth Barry, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Strikers: Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney.