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Capello the comedian

November 17, 2010

Matt wonders what he needs to do to play for England

Tonight represents the day the experimental England squad take on a not-too-long-ago experimental France squad. For both teams, gone are the failures that represented them at the World Cup, albeit only temporarily for England. It is the rejuvenated vs the rejuvenating, but I question whether Capello is seeing something I’m not.

After getting a shock call up last time round, and seeing him rip apart my team and exposing all 60years of William Gallas’s legs, I was surprised Kevin Davies was not in the squad. Sure he may be 33, but he didn’t do anything wrong on his debut and if anything, has looked even better after his call up to suggest his omission. Capello puts it down to giving youth a chance, but then decides to call 28 year old Jay Bothroyd from Championship side Cardiff.

While Bothroyed will still be young enough to make it to Euro 2012, should he maintain his form and bring Cardiff up to the EPL, he is still just a Championship player. I remember watching him many years ago in the League Cup for Arsenal and thought he would be one to watch for the future, but after unsuccessful stints in Italy and then Charlton, I thought his time was over.

And then there’s the bemusement of call up Carlton Cole, who not only is the most out-of-form striker of the moment, he also can barely get into bottom dwelling West Ham’s first team! How did Capello even get to see him, when he doesn’t even get a game! So much for his statements when he came, saying he’d only pick players in form, even though this is an experimental squad.

How Capello missed out on Matt Jarvis is another thing I can’t get over. This winger is performing the goods week in week out and he is not even called in for an experimental squad that supposedly focuses on youth. Compare this to Chris Smalling, who has yet to impress for Man Utd at all really makes me feel like Capello is having a laugh.

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