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Fabio Capello has shorn seven players from his initial 30-man England squad for the FIFA World Cup, with Arsenal FC forward Theo Walcott the most surprising omission.
Walcott, who scored a hat-trick in England's 4-1 win in Croatia during qualifying, started their final pre-tournament friendly against Japan on Sunday but was substituted at half-time. He did not play for Arsenal until October this term because of various injuries and started just 12 league games throughout the campaign. He was a shock inclusion in Sven-Göran Eriksson's squad for the 2006 World Cup, but did not make a single appearance in Germany.
Manchester City FC midfielder Gareth Barry, meanwhile, has been given a place in Capello's final party despite concerns over an ankle ligament injury sustained against Tottenham Hotspur FC on 5 May. Two Tottenham players – Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone – have also been left out from the travelling contingent to South Africa.
The other four players excluded are Sunderland AFC striker Darren Bent, West Ham United FC's Scott Parker, Everton left-back Leighton Baines and Barry's club team-mate Adam Johnson. Capello and his squad travel to South Africa on Wednesday and open their tournament against the United States on 12 June. They will also face Algeria and Slovenia in Group C.
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City FC), David James (Portsmouth FC), Robert Green (West Ham United FC).
Defenders: Jamie Carragher (Liverpool FC), Ashley Cole (Chelsea FC), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United FC), Glen Johnson (Liverpool FC), Ledley King (Tottenham Hotspur FC), John Terry (Chelsea FC), Matthew Upson (West Ham United FC), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa FC).
Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City FC), Michael Carrick (Manchester United FC), Joe Cole (Chelsea FC), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool FC), Frank Lampard (Chelsea FC), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur FC), James Milner (Aston Villa FC), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City FC).
Forwards: Peter Crouch (Tottenham Hotspur FC), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur FC), Emile Heskey (Aston Villa FC), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United FC).
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