Capello Announces Provisional England Squad
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 the online gambling company goaltipwin.com.
The 'Capello Index' uses a 100-point scale as a way of rating a player's performance 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 on 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 is a great way to provide detailed analyses to the fans and insists that his interest is in football and that it has 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' until after the World Cup.
Now the England manager has surprised us with his provisional 30-man England squad, which does 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 and West Ham's Scott Parker are also named in the squad. With doubts about Rio Ferdinand, along with Jolean Lescott and Wes Brown being ruled out through injury, Fabio Capello has called on Ledley King and 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 also made the provisional squad. Other players who were mentioned but did not make it include Phil Jagielka, Gary Neville, Stewart Downing, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Ashley Young and Carlton Cole.
This provisional squad 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, against Japan in Graz on May 30. Capello has the option to make changes to those injured and the replacements do not need to be from the original 30.