Is it possible to ‘axe’ a player you have never even selected?

Posted by - August 25, 2010 - England, International

The Sun sticks the boot in – but does it make sense?

You know things have got bad for an England manager when The Sun starts Photoshopping things onto the top of their head. It is a pair of donkey ears for Fabio Capello.

Apparently, the Italian has decided to axe Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll ahead of the Euro 2012 qualifiers next month. We’ll give him Wilshere – who has been named in an under 21 squad which will play on the same night as the senior team – but we are not so sure about Carroll.

How can you possibly axe a player who has never even been selected in the senior squad? ‘Player whose highest international honours to date are under 21 appearances selected in under 21 squad’.

In fact, if anyone has been axed its goalkeeping duo Frankie Fielding and Scott Loach, also back on under 21 duty after moonlighting in Capello’s retirement-hit previous squad.