Sir Trevor Brooking has confidence in Capello's provisional squad.
Sir Trevor Brooking believes Fabio Capello’s 30-man provisional World Cup squad will generate fierce competition for places in the final 23 and that the players at the Italian’s disposal have the potential to lift the trophy in South Africa this summer.
The FA’s Director of Football Development was appearing at a Nationwide World Cup Roadshow in East London a day after Capello’s initial squad announcement and believes that despite injury question marks over a few players the squad has an experienced and solid core that will stand it in good stead.
“I think if you look through the team, other than the two possible absences of David Beckham and Gareth Barry, the squad’s got a lot of experience, played at a high level over the last few years and Fabio feels confident we will be tough to beat,” said Sir Trevor.
One player who could benefit from Barry’s current injury, however, is West Ham’s Scott Parker and as a fellow Upton Park favourite, Sir Trevor is pleased to see the all-action midfielder in Capello’s provisional squad.
“Scott is one of those fully committed, 100 per cent type of players. He’s been ‘Hammer of the Year’ for the last two years, played exceptionally well, wears his heart on his sleeve and has lifted the team over the last couple of weeks during a difficult time. There’s no question that players like that are important in tournaments that England are going to,” he said.
Whether Parker makes it into the final 23 remains to be seen but with his foot in the door and two friendly internationals coming up, Brooking believes he, along with the rest of the squad, will have his chance to impress and claim a seat on the plane to South Africa.
“There’ll be a 30-man squad but there will be little battles going on and I still do think there will be one or two positions that won’t be resolved until that second game against Japan.”Click here to watch the full interview with Sir Trevor Brooking.