So did the Italian get it right? Did he go for Emile or Darren? Did Barry get the nod? All will be answered if you read below.
ENGLAND’S 2010 WORLD CUP SQUAD:
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, David James, Robert Green.
Defenders: Jamie Carragher, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Ledley King, John Terry, Matthew Upson, Stephen Warnock
Midfielders: Gareth Barry, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Forwards: Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney
The seven England players to miss out on a World Cup place are: Leighton Baines, Michael Dawson, Tom Huddlestone, Scott Parker, Adam Johnson, Theo Walcott, Darren Bent. (BBC Sport)
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is the surprise omission from England’s 23-man World Cup squad, BBC Sport understands.
Walcott, 21, was in the provisional squad of 30 and started both of England’s recent friendly victories against Mexico and Japan.
But Chelsea’s Joe Cole has been included in the final squad, which flies to South Africa on Wednesday.
Gareth Barry had a fitness test on his injured ankle on Tuesday morning, with initial reports sounding favourable.
The Manchester City midfielder has not played since he picked up a ligament in a Premier League match against Tottenham on 5 May.
Walcott was a shock inclusion in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s 2006 World Cup squad but did not feature in the tournament and the then-17-year-old’s inclusion was widely criticised.
The right winger has since won 11 caps, with all three of his international goals coming in a 4-1 World Cup qualifying victory against Croatia in Zagreb on 10 September 2008.
The World Cup begins on 11 June, with England’s first game coming a day later against the United States in Rustenburg. (BBC Sport)
So there you have it. The FA finally got their act together and named the squad. Blimey that was like trying to get blood out of a million stones. Clearly the biggest surprise is the omission of Theo Walcott but then I have to say that I thought Michael Dawson deserved the nod ahead of Matthew Upson. What do you think of the final 23? Good enough to end 44 years of hurt?