Chris O (follow on Twitter: @COakleyFtbl)
Mon 8 May 2006

England squad announced

So Sven has named his provisional squad for Germany, but what's this - Theo Walcott? Who he? Well we know he plays for Arsenal (rarely) and he's a budding new talent, but that's about it. Does Sven know something we don't?

And who else has he got in his line-up... Rooney (unlikely to play through injury)... Owen (extremely lacking in recent match fitness)... Hargreaves (...Hargreaves?) Hmmm, I'm not convinced.

On standby we have various talents, some more inspiring than others. Jermaine Defoe, who we know can play well but hasn't scored many of late, Luke Young, who had a good run earlier in the year with Charlton before getting injured, and Andy Johnson who's been playing against the likes of Cardiff and Stoke for the last nine months.

Here's the details in full:

Provisional squad
Robinson (Tottenham), James (Manchester City), Green (Norwich); G Neville (Manchester United), Ferdinand (Manchester United), Terry (Chelsea), Cole (Arsenal), Campbell (Arsenal), Carragher (Liverpool), Bridge (Chelsea), Beckham (Real Madrid), Carrick (Tottenham), Lampard (Chelsea), Gerrard (Liverpool), Hargreaves (Bayern Munich), Jenas (Tottenham), Downing (Middlesbrough), J Cole (Chelsea), Lennon (Tottenham), Rooney (Manchester United), Owen (Newcastle), Crouch (Liverpool), Walcott (Arsenal).

Standby:
Scott Carson (Liverpool), Luke Young (Charlton), Nigel Reo-Coker (West Ham), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Andy Johnson (Crystal Palace).

With this collection of players, how far do you think we'll get in the World Cup?

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