Fabio Capello Names New Look England Squad

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England boss Fabio Capello has named his 23 man squad that will face Hungary on Wednesday at Wembley, England’s first match since their defeat at the hands of Germany in the World Cup. In the squad, Capello has shuffled fourteen players from the England team who featured and ultimately underwhelmed this summer at the World Cup in South Africa.

Full England squad:

GK: Joe Hart, Ben Foster, Paul Robinson – Dropped: Robert Green, David James

DF: Wes Brown, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Michael Dawson, Kieran Gibbs, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, John Terry – Dropped: Jamie Carragher, Rio Ferdinand, Ledley King, Matthew Upson, Stephen Warnock

MF: Gareth Barry, Frank Lampard, Adam Johnson, Steven Gerrard, James Milner, Ashley Young, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere- Dropped: Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Aaron Lennon, Shaun Wright-Phillips

FW: Darren Bent, Wayne Rooney, Carlton Cole, Bobby Zamora – Dropped: Peter Crouch, Jermaine Defoe, Emile Heskey

All in all, a very exciting and new look England squad emblazoned with youth and energy. I for one am extremely pleased with Capello and his decision to call up some very talented young England players in order to lay groundwork for the future of the England team.

Notable inclusions to the squad include Theo Walcott who missed out on what would have been his second World Cup, Adam Johnson, many an England fans pick to play in the 2010 World Cup, and striker Darren Bent, last season’s third leading goal scoring in the Premier League with 24.

Surprisingly left out, at least for now were Joe Cole, Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon.

It’s obvious Capello is looking to re-build England with at least one world class player in each position. Rooney up front, Gerrard and or Lampard in midfield, and Ashley Cole in defense. As the young England players get their first taste of senior international experience, it will be what’s left of the old guard that will help nurture the youngsters.

With Euro 2012 qualification fast approaching, what do you think of Capello’s new look England squad?

24 thoughts on “Fabio Capello Names New Look England Squad”

  1. Not enough changes for my liking. Jack Rodwell seems a glaring omission, John Terry a glaringly bad addition.

    Right now, Laurent Blanc much be loving the freedom – yes, freedom – of not having to deal with the WC fallout gang. He picks a totally new squad and if he really doesn’t want someone back, he can site the encouraging play of a kid who might not have had the chance otherwise.

  2. I like the Zamora inclusion. He is the type of guy who would eat a kitten if it would put the ball in the back of the net.

  3. I disagree. Its a football manager (computer game) squad. Names picked on reputation as opposed to form. I am 100% behind bringing younger players through, put the picking of Gibbs for example just seems an exercise in lip service. Going to such players goes, in my opinion too far down the ladder, skipping out a whole class of player that is more ready for international football.

  4. It’s a good first step by Capello. I’m looking forward to seeing how Wilshere, Gibbs and Zamora do if they get a chance to play in a few days from now.

    The Gaffer

    1. Do you really thing Zamora gets a run out? Or does he get conked in training and hurts his club.

      I really don’t get Paul Robinson… He has no future with England like Zamora.

      Gabby Agbonlahor would be best served with Zamora’s spot.

      and why not get Green back… sure he had one of the worst howlers in the sport, But Even David Seaman has a England future after his blunder v Brazil. Robinson may have had a worse howler V Croatia when he let a weak back pass in…

      and lets hope Capello has the stones to sit one of the golden boys. Don’t care who just send a message, your spot on the team is not written in stone.

      1. I agree with you on the issue of Zamora, Robinson and Green. In the case of Zamora and Robinson, neither of them can claim to be young or to be the “future” for the England team, so I don’t see the rationale for bringing them into the squad if they weren’t deemed necessary 3 months ago. Likewise with Green, if Capello thought 3 months ago that Green was one of the top three English keepers, why has his judgement been swayed so much by one single error.

    1. I agree that there should have been more changes in the side. But I think that if Capello dropped Rooney, Gerrard, Terry, Lampard or Barry, he’d have to deal with all of the tabloids writing articles about how their England career is over. Take David James, for example. He’s still one of England’s best goalkeepers, but by not being picked for the squad, the papers are writing about how his England career is over. Imagine if the same thing happened with any of those five players.

      I’m all for change, but Capello is taking baby steps so he makes enough changes to be seen as moving forward but not too many changes where he might get the sack (even though it’s just a meaningless friendly).

      The Gaffer

      1. 110% right. as much as I not a fan of those names they are the best… and what Capello has to do now is sort out how you get the best out of your best players… i.e. mix and match the other ingredients.

      2. No matter what any England manager does or do the Tabloids are always going to be on there back.

        If you look at the managers England have had in the past they have not done anything daring or exciting. Its always been Rooney, Gerrard and Lampard in the past. As for there England careers being over I wish they where. Beckams is over.

        I seem to think the England managers are told to pick the above names as they generate money and not for there talent.

        A change is needed in the England side a big change and the FA need to be able to let a manager pick a side and let him have a tinker to he gets things right.

        I think one of the problems is the team can’t play as a team. I think they should meet a couple of times a month and learn and practice as a team I know this would be tough with EPL games and all but I think its time for a new change.

  5. I don’t understand why there isn’t more youth on the team. There is no point to playing any veterans in this match and you could make an argument that the older players could use the time off prior to the European season in order to increase their durability.

    Ryan Shawcross, Navon Hines, Lee Cattermole, Micah Richards, Mark Davies, why not Jermaine Beckford?

    I’m not sure I see the point of continuing with the core of this squad being Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney, and Terry going into the 2012 European Championships.. If they were going to peak they already would have. It’s fairly clear to me that Manchester United didn’t give a damn about Rooney’s health going into the World Cup, refusing to give him rest and playing him hurt almost the entire final 2 months of the European/Domestic season. I don’t see that attitude changing for the World Cup and I don’t see them playing less than 60 games a season any time soon.

    The Germans and Spanish will be in their prime for the 2012 euros, I don’t see the English standing a chance against those sides. They need to focus on beating the French to the punch with their next generation squad because Blanc is re-building that squad from scratch now and they will be dangerous for the Cup in 2014 and the Euros in 2016.

    1. These national team friendlies right before the start of the season are really pissing me off. There is no need for them other than to make some money. These players should be getting ready for the season not playing in meaningless friendlies. We just had a freakin World Cup for over a month. Don’t get me wrong I had fun watching it but it’s time for some club football. Who cares about these games?

      Anyway, there should have been a rule for all teams that they couldn’t call up any World Cup players. And if there wasn’t a rule Fabio should have done it himself. What is the point of calling up the players that played in the World Cup? Let’s see someone else get a try.

  6. Matt Jarvis is my tip if we really want a youthful, energetic England side. Yes, he had a bad world cup, but to suggest dropping Rooney is laughable.

  7. forget all the youth players showing promise; where’s Tom Huddlestone? he at least deserves a shot at a midfield spot. Here would be the team I’d have loved to see start:

    Richards Dawson Jagielka Cole
    Lennon Huddlestone Barry AJohnson
    Rooney Agbonlahor

  8. I think mr capello is bias by dropping John terry, cos of d issue btw him (terry) n fellow england mate wayne bridge. Come on he (terry) stil d best defender england has got either they like it or not.

  9. Why the hell would he drop Joe Cole? He seems to just lack faith despite Cole putting on a pretty consistently great performance at club level and the few moments Cole had in the Cup were nothing to base his performance on. He essentially was only even given a chance after England was already safely up by 1 or was so far behind Germany that it was clear he wasn’t gonna make a difference.

    I still have no idea why Capello is around, should’ve been sacked by now.

  10. I think it’s a nice blend of old and young. We need to start thinking about the Euros in 2yrs but we also need to qualify for it and Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney and A Cole are still the best players we have.
    Gibbs and Wilshire are great young players, A johnson should have gone to this world cup, P Robinson was third choice and only got picked because he had to pick 3 keepers, he has now come out and retired anyway.
    I would have like to have seen J Cole and M Richards in there and Barry dropped but on the whole, I’m happy with it.
    This team screams out that we haven’t got 1 good holding midfielder and that is a worry, maybe J Rodwell could do that job

  11. I’d rather see an entirely new squad, lets face it, players like Lampard, Gerrard and Terry will have lost that edge by the time the next World Cup comes along, say England do well at the Euros, you’re still going to have to rebuild the squad for the World Cup.

    Even then its a friendly game! Why not just give a load of new lads a try to see how they do. Gerrard and Lampard haven’t worked for the past decade, they aren’t gonna start now.

    1. Rob are they going to give out citizenship for the top players?

      How do you get rid of Rooney, Terry, Lampard and Gerrard? HOW?

      Germany didn’t get rid of Ballack, the FA cup did.

      1. I never said get rid of Rooney, he is still young and will be part of the team for years, but Lampard Gerrard and Terry will be too old by the time the next world cup comes around.

        And this is the problem with England, they’re too scared to drop players who are percieved to be their best, it would be easy to drop Gerrard and Lampard by saying that you want to start building for a brand new England squad.

        Theres also the fact that Gerrard and Lampard haven’t been as good at international level as they have been at club level.

        They shouldn’t just claim that theres going to be wholesale changes and then only change around and like I said – it is a friendly so why not give an entirely new squad a chance.

        1. I am with Rob here. Just give a chance to those who dont usually play or arent called up in official games. That is what friendlies are for: to try new players and experiment.

          It’s easy to blame one man, let’s say Capello for England’s problems but has anyone forgotten what ENG were doing prior to him taking charge? And it seems the results in the qualifiers have been forgotten.

          England fans and the media to be more particular must accept the fact ENG players are not as good as let’s say Spain or Brazil or Germany.

          Perhaps the most troubling fact is how some of these ENG players, even fringe players, are dropping out of the national team like dead leaves. Where is the pride to play for ENG?

          None of the players in South Africa 2010 showed any kind of passion and pride in wearing the ENG shirt. It’s not for an Italian to do that, it’s up for the England players to honour their country. Simply put, it’s quite shameful.

          Some of these players show so much passion with Chelsea, Liverpool and Man Utd, yet when wearing the ENG shirt they turn into ordinary, disinterested and distracted players with little fire and determination.

      2. It’s simple: when those so-called Star Players show up while wearing the England shirt then many of the problems will cease to exist.

        Many of those Liverpool, Chelsea and Man Utd players lack conviction and do not play with passion when representing England.

        As for Paul Robinson and Brown, both are getting old and both are error prone. Let’s just add that it seems wearing the England shirt and trying to be part of the squad if you’re a fringe player appear to have lost their appeal. Many of these players are not proud to put on the ENG shirt?

  12. Surprised there hasn’t been an update to this story already, but Paul Robinson and Wes Brown have both decided to retire from International football after this squad was announced.

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