Top 10 conclusions on the new-look England squad
1. Don’t score at a major tournament for Fabio Capello: he’s ditched two-thirds of his World Cup goalscorers.
2. OTP is struggling to decide whether it would have made Paul Robinson more of a prima donna if he had retired from international football when he wasn’t even being selected or, as he has done, when he was recalled. Given his comments, we will go for the latter.
3. Before the World Cup, Capello had a good look at all his strikers before deciding to take Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe in the two up-for-grabs striking slots. The decision to drop them and call-up Darren Bent and Carlton Cole can be considered a pretty big u-turn by the Italian.
4. It is a far cry from the days when French was the most common native tongue in some parts of the north London. The new squad has a distinctively Arsenal look.
5. Gabriel Agbonlahor might be wondering what exactly he has to do to get another chance.
6. Thank goodness Stephen Warnock got the chop and the absolutely disgraceful World Cup performances he gave.
7. Hallelujah, there’s left-footed widemen in the squad!
8. OTP is struggling to see the recall of Wes Brown – presumably as a right-back – as a big step forward for English football.
9. Given he is the first English player show a glimpse of form in a competitive match so far this season, Joe Cole’s omission is presumably a nod to the Capello critics who had him marked out as England’s World Cup saviour.
10. Anyone who hoped the drastic changes meant cutting out the ‘golden generation’ core will be left a little disappointed.
Ben Foster (Birmingham), Joe Hart (Manchester City)
Wes Brown (Manchester United), Gary Cahill (Bolton Wanderers), 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)