Just over two weeks to go until England opens its World Cup campaign against the USA in Rustenburg and manager
Barry was always something of a fall-back option in the holding midfield role. After all, he did some of his best work at Aston Villa last season alongside
Yet Barry is strong, bright and reads the game well. If he doesn't recover from his ankle injury, the choice is between
Huddlestone is an unusual player who doesn't offer much in terms of dynamism and speed, while Carrick is also a bit clunky and, what's more, he has not had a good season. Getting this right is crucial to England's balance.
Capello seemed to be leaning towards
Forget the fact that
His idea is that Rooney should lie deeper, alongside
The other three are Gerrard, Rooney and the centerforward. You can go with
Neither, for that matter, is Cole, though his creativity and dribbling skills will come in handy. Walcott, of course, scored a famous hat-trick against Croatia and was one of the most highly touted youngsters in Europe. But he's been slowed by injuries and poor performances, as has Wright-Philips, who may be tricky, but has the added negative of being tiny. Lennon may be the fastest of the bunch and his directness is appealing: probably could read the game better and, he too, has had injuries to cope with.