Top five conclusions: England World Cup squad final 23 announced

Posted by - June 1, 2010 - Conclusions, England, Lists, World Cup

Who’s off to South Africa, and who’s not

1. Fabio is a fibber
He claimed his opinion had not been swayed by the two warm-up games, but you would have to suspect that Theo Walcott’s omission was very much based on that.

2. Leighton Baines will probably bite his tongue in future
You have to wonder whether publicising the fact that he would probably be homesick worked against him.

3. Adam Johnson was worth a punt
Walcott might have been a gamble too far last time, but an relatively unknown impact sub can be worth taking. His left foot would not have gone amiss either.

4. SWP has pulled it out of the bag
He has looked a real outsider for some time, but a couple of decent showings seem to have done the trick.

5. Time will tell if waiting for Gareth was right
Hanging on for injured players has traditionally been pretty disastrous for England. Capello faces criticism if Barry suffers an injury setback, but he obviously felt the Manchester City man was worth the gamble.

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