Posted by: Paul | May 14, 2010

Capello Index

So a few days ago, England manager Fabio Capello announced his 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup in South Africa which starts in less than a month (I’ve scarcely been so happy about the idea of working from home than having the thought that I can watch both Wimbledon and the World Cup live!) This 30 man group is not necessarily final as he could bring in different people not within this initial selection when he chooses the final 23 at the end of the month – but that’s actually pretty unlilkely in reality.

There were no serious surprises in his selection. At least, not if you’ve been paying attention to Spurs games in the last 6 months. The fact that Ledley King, Tom Huddlestone and especially Michael Dawson have been included should really surprise no-one, such has been their form. They join shoo-in England mainstays Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and the fit-again Aaron Lennon making Spurs the club which has contributed most players to this initial group. I could hardly be much prouder of the way my team have played this year and this selection is a just reward for their efforts.

In reality, Huddlestone and Dawson are likely to miss the cut. This is a shame, especially for Dawson – I hope his time in the senior squad will come, but not taking him and selecting Jamie Carragher instead is a massive kick in the teeth – OK, so Carragher has more international experience but (a) he’s being dragged out of retirement and (b) he has had a very poor season and is error-prone. My favourite Liverpool statistic is that Carragher has scored as many goals for Tottenham as he has for Liverpool (3 – and he has never been signed to Spurs, hahahahaha). I personally think taking Carragher is a mistake, and one I hope Capello is not made to regret.

Other areas of the squad are much as you would expect – the usual suspects in the form of Ferdinand, Terry, Cole, Lampard, Gerrard, Rooney and so on. Top class players all, none of whom I have any respect or admiration for as people in the slightest.

Anyway, like ’em or not I’ll still be avidly watching the games with the rest of the country, and hoping against hope that we can go at least one step further. My prediction at this stage? Beaten finalists. Heartbreak of the most exquisite kind.

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