The BBC is reporting that the surprise omission from the 23 man England World Cup squad is Arsenal’s Theo Walcott.
Theo Walcott – cut by England manager Fabio Capello?
It looks like Chelsea’s Joe Cole has been included in the final squad, after his very good performance in the second half against Japan on Sunday when England came back to win that game 2-1 after looking hopeless in the first half.
Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips also is said to keep his place, probably due to his enthusiastic second half display on Sunday, and the injury-prone Tottenham defender Ledley King, who’s as excellent player when he does play, is also included.
The BBC also understands that Aston Villa left-back Stephen Warnock gets the nod over Everton’s Leighton Baines, who had a nightmare game against Mexico last week.
Gareth Barry had a fitness test on his injured ankle on Tuesday morning, and the reports suggest the tests went well – and we have to hope Gareth is on the plane to South Africa.
Nothing has been officially announced yet, but it looks like the 7 England players cut from the initial 30 man squad are:
Theo Walcott – Arsenal
Darren Bent – Sunderland
Adam Johnson – Manchester City
Scott Parker – West Ham
Michael Dawson – Tottenham
Leighton Baines – Everton
Tom Huddlestone – Tottenham
Update: This has now been confirmed – and the delay was caused by England manager Fabio Capello talking individually to each of the players cut from the squad – another class act by the England manager.
Now to win the thing!