Who's on the plane?
Paul Merson looks at England's World Cup 30 and tells us who'll make it and who'll miss out...
Last Updated: 30/05/10 11:28am
Fabio Capello has named the 30 men who could carry England's hopes in South Africa this summer - but now has to whittle the list down to 23.
Seven players will not make it onto the plane to the World Cup and Soccer Saturday pundit Paul Merson admits it will be tough for any of the squad members to miss out at this stage.
However, Merson has looked through Capello's squad and delivered his verdict on the certs, surprises and sacrifices for skysports.com
Here are Merson's views on Capello's chosen 30. Tell us if you agree by using the feedback form at the bottom of the page...
Robert Green - IN
He was always going to go, but he wouldn't be my number one choice...
David James - IN
I've played with him and I know how good he is. If he makes a mistake he won't hide and will keep coming off his line. He's got the experience.
Joe Hart - IN
You'd be a lucky third-choice goalkeeper if you play at a World Cup, but it's good experience for him. I'd have thought he'll be England number one for many a year.
John Terry - IN
He's a certainty to go as long as he isn't injured. But I do think we're blessed with good players at the back.
Ashley Cole - IN
He's a dead cert. The best left-back in the world.
Rio Ferdinand - IN
He's world class in my opinion. He's had injury problems, but there's not many better centre-halves in world football than Rio Ferdinand.
Glen Johnson - IN
He's probably one of the best attacking right-backs in world football and he's got to be on the plane.
Jamie Carragher - IN
I was unbelievably shocked he was included. I can't believe someone who retired in 2007 is going to the World Cup, but he's now the only one in the squad who 100% knows he's going. Capello's not going to put him in the 30 and then bin him. He's got a lot of Champions League experience and that makes a difference, but I'd have taken Gary Neville instead.
Ledley King - IN
I'd take him all day long because he's one of the best centre-halves in the Premier League. His fitness is a question, but he played three big games for Tottenham in 12 days not long ago and he was outstanding.
Matthew Upson -OUT
I don't think he's had a good season at all at West Ham. He's made mistakes, like the one against Egypt, and has been punished for them. You can't do that at the World Cup.
Michael Dawson - IN
He deserves to be in the squad. You like to think that the ones who produce during the season have a chance to play for their country. That's what he's done. I'd take him over Upson because if Ferdinand and Terry are injured, you know he can play with King.
Leighton Baines - IN
He played in the last England game and even though he was a bit nervy I think he'll get in because he's left footed.
Stephen Warnock - OUT
I don't see him going because he didn't play in England's last game. He should have at least got 45 minutes against Egypt. I can see Baines going and Warnock's just a back-up in case one of the other left-backs gets injured.
Steven Gerrard - IN
He hasn't been great this season, but he's still someone who you sit down to watch when his name's on the team sheet. He could win the World Cup for England.
Frank Lampard - IN
If he isn't the best attacking midfield player in world football I don't know who is. He's got more than 20 goals for five years in a row and if a centre-forward did that we'd be raving. He doesn't get the credit he deserves.
Gareth Barry - IN
Despite his injury, he's a certainty to go. If you take Wayne Rooney out of the equation, Barry's the first name on Capello's team sheet. The manager wants his best players for the big games after the group stages - and Barry is in that category.
James Milner - IN
He's come from nowhere and he's going to go. At the start of the season I'd never have thought he would go, but now he's a certainty - and it wouldn't be a big shock if he started.
Michael Carrick - OUT
Capello asked Paul Scholes to come out of retirement, which shows he doesn't rate Carrick that much. Scholes is somebody who sits in front of the back four these days, like Carrick, and I think he'll leave him behind.
Tom Huddlestone - OUT
I don't see him going. He's a great passer of the ball, but I don't think he's agile enough for international football. If England played 4-5-1 he'd have a chance, but I don't see how he can get around the pitch in a 4-4-2.
Scott Parker - IN
I'd take him because he's been the best player in his position this season. He's full of energy and has carried West Ham on his own. I just hope his back isn't hurting from carrying the rest of that team! He's been outstanding.
Aaron Lennon - IN
He's a cert and if I was the manager he'd start on the right wing. He's electrifying and even the best defenders in the world are going to struggle when someone is running at you at that pace. He's a definite.
Theo Walcott - IN
I think he'll go, but he can count himself very, very, very fortunate. Apart from the hat-trick against Croatia, what has he done? What has he achieved this season that lifts him above someone like Ashley Young? He's fortunate to be in the 30 and I think he'll be in the 23.
Shaun Wright-Phillips - OUT
I think he'll miss out. Walcott's hat-trick against Croatia seems to have convinced Capello he's the man, but it's a hard call in my eyes. You can only take so many wingers and Capello may opt for others who can play in more than one position.
Adam Johnson - OUT
He's impressed me, but I can't see why he's in the squad now and wasn't in it before. Has he improved that immensely in the last few weeks? He can only play in one position so I'd leave him out... but he's got a million caps to come in the future.
Joe Cole - IN
He jumps above most of the midfield options because he can play in so many positions. A bit like Milner, his versatility makes him a must. He's a 100 per cent pick in my eyes because when we get down to the nitty-gritty games against Brazil or Spain he can make the key pass or make something happen.
Wayne Rooney - IN
He's got to play - and personally I'd play a 4-5-1 with him up front on his own. That includes games against sides like Algeria to make sure we win the midfield battle. Egypt proved in the first half that England struggle when you pack the midfield.
Emile Heskey - IN
He hasn't done anything in the Premier League all season, but he's never let England down. Defenders see the likes of Rooney and Defoe every week, but they don't like playing against people like Heskey and Crouch. I would take him.
Peter Crouch - IN
He's got to go because he's scored a lorryload of goals for England. People say they've come against the smaller teams, but he's hardly played against the big boys. Whenever he plays for England he delivers.
Jermain Defoe - IN
I'm a big fan of Defoe. He's gone off the boil a bit recently, but for me he's still one of the best strikers we have.
Darren Bent - OUT
If he's not on the plane, he's the unluckiest striker in the history of World Cups. He's scored more than 20 Premier League goals for a team that didn't finish in the top half of the Premier League, and has scored more that double what Heskey has. But I think he'll miss out because I don't see Capello taking five strikers.