August 7, 2010

Fabio Capello has named his squad for the friendly match with Hungary on Wednesday and after the debacle of the World Cup performance it looks like the tide has finally turned.

Uncapped Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal along with Bobby Zamora of Fulham are included in the squad alongside a number of players who have never previously made the breakthrough.

With only 10 of the World Cup squad ‘surviving’, it is difficult to decide if this is a genuine look to the future or simply an experimental squad resulting from a friendly match three days before the season starts. With no gambling on injuries and a sensible mix of youth and experience the squad should appease fans and more importantly managers preparing for Saturday’s start to the Premier League season.

It can only be hoped that no matter how well or badly this squad perform that the selections have been well considered and are taken forward to the next few matches. Like any team they need the opportunity to settle down both with each other and in the experience of the national team surroundings.

England squad:


Ben Foster (Birmingham), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Paul Robinson (Blackburn)


Wes Brown (Manchester United), Gary Cahill (Bolton), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), John Terry (Chelsea)


Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Aston Villa), Ashley Young (Aston Villa), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)


Darren Bent (Sunderland), Carlton Cole (West Ham United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Bobby Zamora (Fulham)

Last updated: August 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm