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23 Players Confirmed for England Football Squad in South Africa

The following players have been confirmed as members of the England squad and will represent their country in the World Cup:
  • John Hart: Birmimgham - already been capped twice for England and potentially the best goalkeeper in the UK at this moment in time. Hart has had a very good season with his team.
  • David James:Portsmouth - 50 caps. He has a lot of experience and is the first choice for many pundits despite making a lot of mistakes this season.
  • Robert Green: West Ham - 10 caps. Pretty bad season for West Ham but impressive against Mexico last week.
  • John Terry: Chelsea - solid and courageous player. 2010 has been a bad year regarding his performances on pitch and off. He always gives 100%.
  • Rio Ferdinand: Manchester United - England captain. Often injured, he has played only 23 games this season.
  • Ashley Cole: Chelsea - By far and away England's best left back. Cole is a reliable player, currently rumoured to be joining Jose Mourinho.
  • Glenn Johnson: Liverpool - Injured most of the year, has established himself well but not always reliable in defense.
  • Ledley King: Tottenham - Played a fantastic season but his cartilage problems will only allow him to play one game a week.
  • Jamie Carrager: Liverpool - a solid defender who has returned to international soccer at the request of the England manager.
  • Steve Warnock: West Ham - unlikely choice and it will be interesting to see how he performs.
  • Matthew Upson: West Ham - not a favourite of the pundits.
This is traditionally the most risky area for England as they seem unable to find the right balance of players or style. Failing to select a good midfield can result in losses and certain players do not always play at their full potential.
  • Steven Gerard: Liverpool - There's nothing new to say about Gerard, he's well recognised as one of the most talented of this English soccer playing generation.
  • Frank Lampard: Chelsea - a world class player and similar comment to the above for Gerard
  • Michael Carrick: Manchester United - Disappointing all season, but he could prove a good choice for the England team.
  • James Milner: Aston Villa - a talented young player with a bright future, he's versatile and energetic.
  • Aaron Lennon: Tottenham - very quick player who has progressed well this season and demonstrates a style of his own.
  • Gareth Barry: Manchester City - although injured towards the end of the season, he's been included in the squad. If he proves fit, he should be an active member of the England football team.
  • Joe Cole: Chelsea - a versatile and reliable midfielder. Cole is another wild card in the squad as he has only just proved fit after nine months of injury.
  • Shaun Wright-Phillips: Manchester City - another surprising choice but a keen and fast player who may prove his critics wrong.
Centre forwards
  • Wayne Rooney: Manchester United - with 34 goals in all competitions this season, Rooney is a world class player who would not disgrace any of the international teams
  • Jermaine Defoe: Tottenham - although small in stature he's fast and has a very powerful right foot.
  • Peter Crouch: Tottenham - an English giant he's very good with his head
  • Emile Heskey: Aston Villa - plays well alongside Rooney and a hard worker.

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