12 May 2010

A couple of suprises in England World Cup squad

7:09 am on 12 May 2010

The uncapped Manchester City midfielder Adam Johnson and Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Michael Dawson are the surprise selections in England's provisional 30-man World Cup squad.

Manager Fabio Capello has also recalled Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher three years after he retired from internationals.

Also included were midfielders Scott Parker, Joe Cole and Gareth Barry, who had been a doubt after an ankle injury had ruled him out of action for the next three weeks.

There is a strong Spurs presence with Dawson joined by fellow defender Ledley King, midfielders Tom Huddlestone and Aaron Lennon plus strikers Peter Crouch and Jermain


Capello, who will cut the squad for South Africa to 23 at the end of the month, will take his 30 players to a high-altitude training camp in Austria and has friendlies against Mexico and Japan to help him make his final decision.

Capello says he tried to persuade Paul Scholes to join them but was unsuccessful.