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England's provisional World Cup roster

England Manager Fabio Capello will trim 30-man list to 23 later this month ahead of the World Cup.

GOALKEEPERS: Joe Hart (Manchester City), David James (Portsmouth), Robert Green (West Ham).

DEFENDERS: Leighton Baines (Everton), Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Michael Dawson (Tottenham), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ledley King (Tottenham), John Terry (Chelsea), Matthew Upson (West Ham), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).

MIDFIELDERS: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), James Milner (Aston Villa), Scott Parker (West Ham), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City).

FORWARDS: Darren Bent (Sunderland), Peter Crouch (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Emile Heskey (Aston Villa), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).

Six from Tottenham, four from Chelsea and Manchester City, three from Manchester United, Liverpool, Aston Villa and West Ham.

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By Steve Goff  |  May 11, 2010; 10:24 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , England  | Tags: England, Fabio Capello, Frank Lampard, Jermain Defoe, Joe Cole, John Terry, Michael Carrick, Peter Crouch, Rio Ferdinand, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Wayne Rooney, World Cup, soccer  
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England could use some of our keepers.

Posted by: Reignking | May 11, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

As a USA fan, that striker cadre is scary. So is England's outside midfield speed. On paper, at least, England is a team that can go deep into the World Cup finals if their defense performs.

Posted by: runningcloud | May 11, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

England could use some of our keepers.

Posted by: Reignking | May 11, 2010 10:34 AM

We could use some of their everything else ;-)

Posted by: Kev29 | May 11, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

England could use some of our keepers.

Posted by: Reignking | May 11, 2010 10:34 AM
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Yeah. Hahnemann and Guzan got those guys beat by a country mile, right? No way Bradley would rather have David James or Robert Green....

I can never find that deed to the Brooklyn Bridge when I need it...

Posted by: fischy | May 11, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Their roster relies too heavily on domestic players to possibly succeed

Posted by: carmines757 | May 11, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

@carmines757. My thoughts exactly! We won't be caught in that trap! ;-)

Posted by: nairbsod | May 11, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

As a USA fan, that striker cadre is scary.

Posted by: runningcloud | May 11, 2010 10:36 AM

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The words "Wayne" and "Rooney" are enough to scare me.

Posted by: Kenobi | May 11, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I think all 30 of those players (including the keepers) torched Spector on the wing at some point this season.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 11, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Dude, we got this.
USA! USA! USA!

Posted by: DadRyan | May 11, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry but in a sporting event the USA should never lose to a team with guys on it with names like Gareth, Emile, Leighton, and Rio.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | May 11, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Who's the one to take the first hard tackle on Donovan? I can see them coming in hard on him in the first few minutes.

Posted by: EssEff | May 11, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

England is only using domestic based players
=P

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | May 11, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

A fine day to be a Spurs fan. They may only take 4 in the final 23, but still great to see.

Posted by: M__N | May 11, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

England doesn't need to send its players abroad to play because everyone else comes to England. Their exposure to the best players from other countries is far above everyone else, especially when you factor in Euro Cup and Champions League.

And who cares if our keepers are better. We have to get the ball past Lampard, Gerrard, Parker, Ferdinand and Terry first. And that's just down the middle.

Posted by: spata2 | May 11, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry but in a sporting event the USA should never lose to a team with guys on it with names like Gareth, Emile, Leighton, and Rio.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | May 11, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse
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You're right, because our guys have names like Landon, Sasha, Chad and Heath.

Posted by: spata2 | May 11, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

And Jozy and Robbie, too.

Posted by: spata2 | May 11, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Bob Bradley can just call in the 7 players who don't make England's 23? I hear 16 spots on the USA roster are locked in. That would round out our 23!

Posted by: DWE4 | May 11, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

You're right, because our guys have names like Landon, Sasha, Chad and Heath.

Posted by: spata2 | May 11, 2010 11:57 AM

Seriously...
http://www.obsessedwithsports.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/landon_donovan.jpg

Posted by: Kev29 | May 11, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I think all 30 of those players (including the keepers) torched Spector on the wing at some point this season.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 11, 2010 11:06 AM |

+1

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | May 11, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I think all 30 of those players (including the keepers) torched Spector on the wing at some point this season.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 11, 2010 11:06 AM |

+1

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | May 11, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Still don't understand why Zamora gets dumped for Heskey. Zamora can do everything Heskey can, plus run circles around him and score with every part of his body. Also, he started for his club, while Heskey was a reserve player.

But I guess they look at their other strikers and figure they just need a big body.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 11, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Rooney. Defoe. Darren Bent.

Heskey won't make the roster.

Posted by: DWE4 | May 11, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Zamora's achilies injury is not healing fast enough. They'll shoot him up for the Europa League final tomorrow, but he'll probably just make it to the half. He only practiced with the squad yesterday, for the first time since the Hamburg match nearly 2 weeks ago. Could he have been ready for the World Cup? Possibly. But when you have those strikers - why take the chance.

COYW!

Posted by: harkes4ever | May 11, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Rooney. Defoe. Darren Bent.

Heskey won't make the roster.

Posted by: DWE4 | May 11, 2010 12:41 PM

Crouch will

Posted by: Kev29 | May 11, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

A little surprised to not see Gabby Agbonlahor not make the initial cut. That's the Villa striker Capello should have picked. Better off for us though. Gabby would have given us fits with his speed.

Posted by: cmjhawk86 | May 11, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Capello and Bradley are on the same page -- only bring in a new player if he is a significant improvement on what you already have, because the guys you already have chosen have the experience of having played together in a match, which really can't be duplicated in training. Heskey has partnered Rooney many times. Defoe, Crouch and even Bent have had run-outs with the first team. Zamora has not featured in any of the qualifying matches, and Gabby has not synched with the team when he has.

Posted by: glfrazier | May 11, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Agbonlahor's form has been off the past couple of months and Rooney is enough to worry about. Bent also has speed and Crouch just seems to know how to score at the international level. But I have a feeling that Capello will still go with Hesky and leave out Bent.

Apperantly Capello asked Zamora if he thought he would be fit enough for the Cup and he told him he would not be. Capello also asked Scholes to come out of international retirement but he declined.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | May 11, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

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