Right, here it is – The Spoiler’s England World Cup 23!
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A hunch suggests that Capello will spend the weekend’s match figuring out his World Cup starting XI, with last night’s outing acting predominantly as a squad audition for more than a few of the players involved.
Walcott pretty much played himself out of any chance of starting, but will surely go along as a bullet from the bench, whilst Michael Carrick could have just done Tom Huddlestone a massive favour, by continuing with his rather atrocious form.
At the back, King made it through the entire match, and with Carragher looking pretty sturdy in the second half, he could go along as cover for both Glen Johnson AND Terry/Ferdinand/King. With Milner also able to cover at right back, this could open the door for Matthew Upson to book a dreamy summer vacation, and leave an extra spot for a midfielder.
Hence, The Spoiler’s predicted 23 looks like this:
Goalkeepers: David James, Robert Green, Joe Hart
Defenders: Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Glen Johnson, Leighton Baines, Ledley King, Jamie Carragher
Midfielders: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Aaron Lennon, Theo Walcott, James Milner, Adam Johnson, Gareth Barry, Tom Huddlestone, Joe Cole
Forwards: Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, Emile Heskey