Capello confirms England squad

Theo Walcott has again caused a World Cup stir after being left out of the England squad named by Fabio Capello for South Africa.

Walcott found himself sensationally included in the squad four years ago during Sven-Goran Eriksson's reign.

However, the Arsenal forward will not be on the plane to South Africa after being sensationally cut from the provisional 30-man squad named by Capello last month.

Walcott started both the 3-1 warm-up victory over Mexico last week and Sunday's 2-1 success over Japan in Austria.

The 21-year-old failed to impress on either occasion and has found himself omitted at the expense of fellow right-sided midfielders Shaun Wright-Phillips and Aaron Lennon this time out.

Walcott, whose only international goals came via a stunning hat-trick against Croatia during qualifying for South Africa back in September 2008, has started only 12 Premier League games for Arsenal during an injury-ravaged campaign.

Elsewhere, Gareth Barry has been included after passing a fitness test on Tuesday morning.

The Manchester City midfielder missed last week's training camp in Austria after damaging ankle ligaments in the penultimate game of the Premier League season but was given every opportunity to prove his fitness.

Club-mate Adam Johnson has been omitted despite his rise to prominence following a big-money move to the Premier League side from Middlesbrough in January.

Joe Cole has also won a somewhat surprise place on the plane to South Africa, which leaves London Heathrow airport on Wednesday evening.

Cole has more than 50 England caps to his name but his participation this summer was believed to be in doubt following a club season at Chelsea where he was regularly left on the bench.

However, after an impressive substitute appearance against Japan on Sunday, the 28-year-old has been included.

Scott Parker and Tom Huddlestone were the other midfielders to miss out on selection. West Ham anchorman Parker was expected to be omitted after sitting out the two warm-up games.

However, Huddlestone of Spurs had appeared to have edged Manchester United's Michael Carrick following cameo appearances in both games on the back of a solid domestic season.

Up front Darren Bent is the fall-guy after Capello decided to take four strikers to South Africa.

The 26-year-old bagged 25 goals for Sunderland last season but still find himself behind the likes of Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Emile Heskey in the race to partner Manchester United hot-shot Wayne Rooney.

The other major surprise has come in defence where Stephen Warnock was given the nod ahead of Leighton Baines.

Everton left-back Baines was believed to be heading the queue to prove back-up to Ashley Cole but has lost out to the Aston Villa full-back.

Baines looked shaky during a 90-minute performance against Mexico at Wembley but had been preferred to Warnock during the build-up to the World Cup.

Warnock's solitary England cap to date came as an 84th-minute substitute during a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago two years ago.

Finally, Ledley King is included rather than Spurs team-mate Michael Dawson.

England's 23-man World Cup squad:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), David James (Portsmouth), Robert Green (West Ham).

Defenders: Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ledley King (Tottenham), John Terry (Chelsea), Matthew Upson (West Ham), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa).

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), James Milner (Aston Villa), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City).

Forwards: Peter Crouch (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Emile Heskey (Aston Villa), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).

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