Three Lions Fitness Report

Player by player analysis from the Beeb:
On Rio: “Chosen ahead of Sol Campbell to start the friendly with Argentina in November, Ferdinand has been a calm presence at Old Trafford this season and England’s most skilful defender is a certain starter.”
On Beckham: “For once, Beckham has been out of the spotlight in the build-up to a major tournament. The captain has been playing well for Real Madrid and is injury-free. Has a massive responsibility this summer.”
On Lampard: “Another fine season saw Lampard bag a remarkable 22 goals overall and there will be very few players in Germany so capable of turning a game in an instant. A jewel in Eriksson’s crown.”
On Rooney: “Named in the squad in case he returns to fitness, the fact remains Rooney is unlikely to play in the World Cup after fracturing his foot on 29 April. An enormous blow for England and for the tournament.”
On Walcott: “At just 17 and having never played a Premiership game, Walcott’s is a breathtaking inclusion. Doubts over Owen and Rooney forced Eriksson to gamble and the lightning-quick forward is the beneficiary.”

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