Fabio Capello has named his 23 man squad for the World Cup in South Africa with a number of interesting omissions.
The internet was pushed to its limit today as bit by bit the names of those going and not going to South Africa filtered through the various social media networks in a frenzy never before seen.
By the time the England squad was officially announced, the pieces of the puzzle had already been fitted together across Twitter and Facebook amongst others.
Despite scoring 25 league goals last season, Sunderland striker Darren Bent will be watching the World Cup at home, as will Sven Goran Eriksson’s darling Theo Walcott.
Both were left out of Fabio Capello’s final 23 man squad announced today, along with Adam Johnson, Tom Huddlestone, Leighton Baines, Michael Dawson and Scott Parker.
Young winger Johnson was tipped to go following a superb second half of the season with Manchester City after his January move from Middlesbrough.
Tottenham defender Ledley King has become a favourite of Capello’s having made his return to the international fold despite concerns over his fitness, and he saw off his uncapped club mate Michael Dawson.
England Squad: David James, Joe Hart, Robert Green; Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Ledley King, Matthew Upson, Jamie Carragher, Ashley Cole, Glen Johnson, Stephen Warnock; Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Gareth Barry, James Milner, Michael Carrick, Aaron Lennon, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Joe Cole; Wayne Rooney, Peter Crouch, Emile Heskey, Jermaine Defoe.