World Cup 2010: Official England Squad - Theo Walcott Dropped, Joe Cole & Gareth Barry Selected By Fabio Capello

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is the highest profile casualty in England managerFabio Capello's official 23-man World Cup squad, with Manchester City's Gareth Barry and Chelsea's Joe Cole included.

Walcott and Sunderland striker Darren Bent are among the seven named in the provisional 30-man party for the finals who did not made the final cut when it was announced by the Football Association at 4pm. 

They are joined by Everton's Leighton Baines, West Ham United's Scott Parker, Manchester City's Adam Johnson, and Tottenham Hotspur duo Tom Huddlestone and Michael Dawson.

Barry was a doubt to make the trip due to ankle ligament damage sustained at the beginning of May, but Capello had pledged to give him as much time as possible to prove his fitness. The Manchester City midfielder successfully came through an assessment on Tuesday morning and should be present to perform his vital holding midfield role when the tournament begins in just under two weeks.

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick edged out Parker and Huddlestone to shadow Barry despite a lacklustre performance in last week's friendly with Mexico.

Capello sprung a surprise by selecting Aston Villa's Stephen Warnock ahead of Baines to cover Chelsea left back Ashley Cole. Manchester City's Shaun Wright-Phillips was also selected, even though club colleague Adam Johnson has been favoured by Roberto Mancini since the latter's January transfer from Middlesbrough.

Bent will not be in South Africa either, with Emile Heskey's experience and selfless teamwork considered more of an asset than Bent's goalscoring potential.

At the back, Jamie Carragher has been selected to provide experience and cover. Dawson missed out in favour of West Ham United's Matthew Upson.

The Italian contacted each of the players who missed out by telephone. The rest of the squad fly out to South Africa tomorrow to commence preparations for the tournament.

As usual, the focus will be on Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney to provide goals, with the main creative thrust seeming to come from the livewire pace of Aaron Lennon out wide.


Full England squad:

Goalkeepers  
Robert Green
West Ham United
Joe Hart
Birmingham
David James
Portsmouth
Defenders  
Rio Ferdinand
Manchester United
John Terry
Chelsea
Ashley Cole
Chelsea
Glen Johnson
Liverpool
Stephen Warnock
Aston Villa
Jamie Carragher 
Liverpool
Ledley King
Tottenham
Matthew Upson
West Ham
Midfielders
Steven Gerrard
Liverpool
Frank Lampard
Chelsea
Aaron Lennon
Tottenham
Shaun Wright-Phillips
Manchester City
James Milner
Aston Villa
Michael Carrick
Manchester United
Joe Cole
Chelsea
Gareth Barry
Manchester City
Forwards
Wayne Rooney
Manchester United
Emile Heskey
Aston Villa
Jermain Defoe
Tottenham
Peter Crouch
Tottenham

A report into Fabio Capello's final 23-man England squad can be seen here.

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