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Fabio Capello certainly has been busy this week. First he shocked us by announcing himself as the co-founder of ‘Capello Index’ alongside Chicco Merighi, the founder of an online gambling company goaltipwin.com. The ‘Capello Index’ is a way of rating player’s performance out of a 100 based on analysis provided by England manager. The points awarded depend on the area of the pitch that the player competed in as well as the importance of the match.’
Fabio then went to to horrify us by endorsing a site which intended to use the ‘Capello Index’ to provide performance data on all players within two hours of games ending. The idea of Capello’s analysis of matches being made public and the perception of many that the England manager was rating players immediately after matches would definitely undermine England’s World Cup campaign.
Fabio however feels that the site was a great way to provide detailed analyses to the fans and insisted that his interest was in football and that it had nothing to do with cashing in as many people seemed to feel.
Thankfully, the FA has decided to postpone the launch of the ‘Capello Index’ till after the World Cup. (Disaster averted…phew!)
And now the England manager has surprised us with his provisional 30-man England squad which doesn’t not include Manchester United’s Owen Hargreaves and Fulham striker Bobby Zamora despite wide-spread speculation about the duo’s inclusion. He has however included Manchester City’s injured midfielder Gareth Barry. Sunderland’s Darren Bent, West Ham United’s Scott Parker are also named in the squad. With doubts about Rio Ferdinand, Jolean Lescott and Wes Brown being ruled out through injury, Fabio Capello has called on Ledley King along with Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher to the 30-man squad. The squad includes two uncapped players in Andy Johnson and Tottenham’s Michael Dawson. Chelsea’s Joe Cole who had been struggling to get back from injury the entire season at his club and has not been involved for England since September 2008 win over Croatia also made the provisional squad. Other players who were mentioned but did not make it in to the provisional squad include Phil Jagielka, Gary Neville, Stewart Downing, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Ashley Young and Carlton Cole.
This provisional squad however, is just that, provisional. Players not included don’t necessarily miss out on South Africa. The final 23-man squad is to be announced by Fabio after the second of the two friendlies i.e. against Japan in Graz on May 30. Fabio Capello has the option to make changes to those injured and the replacements do not need to be from the original 30.
England’s 30 Man Provisional Squad
Joe Hart, David James, Robert Green. (Hart has had a great season but surely he’s too young! We seriously need keepers!)
Leighton Baines, Jamie Carragher, Ashley Cole, Michael Dawson, Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Ledley King, John Terry, Matthew Upson, Stephen Warnock. (Carragher back from retirement…!!!)
Gareth Barry, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Steven Gerrard, Tom Huddlestone, Adam Johnson, Frank Lampard, Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Scott Parker, Theo Walcott, Shaun Wright-Phillips.(Super Frank!)
Darren Bent, Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney. (Hope DB keeps up his league form… Heskey… really?)