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Walcott left out of England team

As Goff and Liz Clarke adjust to South Africa -- they should have landed by now -- the news of the day is the exclusion of Arsenal winger Theo Walcott from England manager Fabio Capello's World Cup roster.

Other players dropped were Darren Bent, Tom Huddlestone, Adam Johnson, Scott Parker, Michael Dawson and Leighton Baines. No news, however, was bigger than the exclusion of Walcott, a move that perhaps comes as some relief to a U.S. side that has showed vulnerability at outside back.

Jonathan Spector was exposed by Turkey's speed in the Americans' sendoff game on Saturday and possible starters Steve Cherundolo and Carlos Bocanegra might've been the targets of an English side that already boasts Aaron Lennon on the outside. Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips also could figure on the outside and appears to be the main beneficiary of the move.

What is your opinion on the Walcott decision?

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 1, 2010; 2:44 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , England , U.S. men's national team  
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In Cameroon-Portugal friendly, Eto'o sent off in first half for high boot.

If officials continue to red-card players for minor offenses, the World Cup will be a disaster. No rhyme or reason for some of their decisions.

Posted by: Cerealman | June 1, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

On the other hand, refs have to protect the players before the Finals so that we don't lose another integral player like Ballack.

Posted by: OWNTF | June 1, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

integral or not Ballack is a dirty hack who may have ended up getting sent off himself.

Posted by: fedssocr | June 1, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

And it's difficult to watch Portugal play and not think one is watching a diving competition. Officials need to be smarter.

Posted by: Cerealman | June 1, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Rossi was left out of the italian squad

Posted by: joe_hill | June 1, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

rossi watches on tv? good. I know it's petty, but schadenfreude feels good sometimes.

Posted by: troy6 | June 1, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the World Cup, Rossi. You've made a splendid decision. HAHAHAHA!

Posted by: UnitedDemon | June 1, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

That's some serious egg on the face of ESPN The Magazine:

Posted by: McBride33 | June 1, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse


Rossi's tears of anguish SUSTAIN ME!!!!


Posted by: khan1 | June 1, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Sucks for Rossi. For me the debate is still open as to whether he made the right decision. If he makes the Italy squad in '14 and wins the World Cup I am sure he will be happy. Also, Lippi is in love with 30+ players who had average seasons in Italy.

In all honesty Cappello's squad got less scary. I am more intimidated by Walcott and Adam Johnson. Walcott is less than spectacular but his pace would worry our outside backs. Also, Adam Johnson is a player. I think Joe Cole has yet to recover from his injury and made the squad on namesake only. I would relish Boca's chances against Cole or Milner.

Posted by: grubbsbl | June 1, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

And by recover from injury I mean regain form. Yes, I also kinda think the same train of thought applies to Gooch for us.

Posted by: grubbsbl | June 1, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I read this post too fast at first - I saw "Arsene Wenger" instead of "Arsenal winger". It made perfect sense to me that Walcott's club boss would not be lining up for England...but now I'm even more confused after re-reading this correctly!

Posted by: BaltoFan | June 1, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

HA! Good point McBride

Posted by: Claud21 | June 1, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Hey at least Rossi has that Confederations Cup goal to bask in.

Posted by: benonthehill | June 1, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I am a big Arsenal fan, and sadly Walcott right now is a 1 trick pony. He dashes down the wing and creates havoc, but when it comes time to cross it, he is horrible. Where Walcott is dangerous is on a breakaway counter goal in which he only has to finish with a shot on goal. One can argue he offers more to the England squad than Hesky, but the fact is that if you double him, he is finished. Theo needs to spend the summer working on other aspects of his game to become the threat many think he is.

Posted by: Wiggan | June 2, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

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