Monday, 9 August 2010

Capello plans for the future

Fabio Capello has named his first England squad since his team flopped so spectacularly at this summer's World Cup and there is a new look about things going into the friendly against Hungary.

Three of Arsenal’s young English players have made the cut, Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshire for the first time. Theo Walcott returns to the squad after being missing out on a trip to South Africa. Another player who was cut from the squad ahead of the World Cup was Manchester City winger Adam Johnson. The young winger will be hoping to cement himself in the England team after being included this time around.

Darren Bent finished last season as the second top scoring Englishman in the league, behind Wayne Rooney, but it wasn't enough to book his ticket to South Africa. Capello has given the Sunderland man another chance to impress by handing him a recall. Fulham's Bobby Zamora was unlucky to miss out on being selected for the World Cup. If it wasn't for an injury to his achilles heel at the end of last season, Zamora would have been in South Africa this summer. His chance has come now and he gets his first call up to the national squad, you can follow how he gets on with Betfairfootball.

Ashley Young's form for Aston Villa last season has earned him a recall, while Birmingham's new stopper Ben Foster is also in there. After his World Cup blunder Rob Green has been left out of the squad, perhaps a little harshly. David James' hopes that his international career would continue after his move to Bristol City in the Championship appear to have diminished with his exclusion.

Everton's Phil Jagielka and Bolton's Gary Cahill will battle it out with Michael Dawson of Spurs, to partner John Terry in defence, with fans from Bolton betting on their man getting the nod. All three will be looking to replace Rio Ferdinand and Ledley King, who both suffered injuries in South Africa.

Of those who flopped so badly this summer, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard John Terry, Ashley Cole, Gareth Barry and Steven Gerrard have all kept their place in the squad. Surprisingly Jermain Defoe and Joe Cole are left out, a somewhat strange decision after Defoe's performance in the summer.

The squad has an exciting look to it and Capello seems to have listened calls for a fresh approach. Jack Wilshire is one of the most gifted players in a generation. Blooding him at international level at this young age will give him some valuable experience which will pay off in the future.