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Defoe cut from England squad

Defoe cut from England squad

Jermain Defoe has somewhat surprisingly been named as one the 7 players cut from the original 30 man England squad to face France next week.

David James and Glen Johnson retain their places in the final 23 for the friendly in Paris on Wednesday but Defoe joins Gabriel Agbonlahor, Ashley Young, Shaun Wright-Phillips, David Wheater, Jermaine Jenas and Matthew Upson - who is injured anyway - in dropping out, while injury to Scott Carson has seen Paul Robinson drafted in to replace him.

Looking at the names left out and those included it would appear that Fabio Capello is merely looking to try a number of different options, with none of these players dropped being dropped for any other reason on the face of it. That said Defoe has been in fantastic form recently so his being omitted is slight odd…

This is the final squad:

Goalkeepers David James (Portsmouth), Paul Robinson (Tottenham Hotspur), Chris Kirkland (Wigan Athletic)
Defenders Wayne Bridge (Chelsea), Wes Brown (Manchester United), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Glen Johnson (Portsmouth), Joleon Lescott (Everton), John Terry (Chelsea), Jonathan Woodgate (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Aston Villa), Owen Hargreaves (Manchester United), Joe Cole (Chelsea), David Bentley (Blackburn Rovers), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough)
Forwards Michael Owen (Newcastle United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Peter Crouch (Liverpool), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Saturday March 22 2008
Time: 10:26PM

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For goodness sake Fabio! Defoe is good enough to be playing for England and is better than Crouch/Bent/Ashton - he should be playing! Hopefully he'll realize his mistakes eventually and Defoe will get the chance to play the role that he so obviously can!
The_Legend_Of_Zola
22/03/2008 23:21:00
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Defoe is settling in well but will never make it Internationally. Too limited and is not a team player as you guys will realise.
cockeril
23/03/2008 00:03:00
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Thats why Defoe looked so miserable earlier. True cockeril.
Real Deal
23/03/2008 00:41:00
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Not been a good week for JD. Does he deserve it? No but a hat-trick against Wigan next Saturday will put the smile back on his face.
eastneydave
23/03/2008 00:59:00
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Hes may not be a team player but still hes easily good enough to be in the 23!!! Defoe whos on fire out, Walcott in? Sounds familiar, when sven did the same to the world cup, and look how that ended LOL what a joke
HuddersfieldYiddo
23/03/2008 02:06:00
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Bit surprised because of the form he's in but given that Owen has just started scoring (well two) I half expected it.. Laso I though Fabio picked his squads on form .. which English prem striker has better form than JD over the laast six games ... ah well I'm sure James will play and hopefully Johnno will to .... he's been immense lately
Chix
23/03/2008 07:05:00
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he'll probably get the phone call that he is back in later today as with crouchy, rooney and walcott - if he even plays! - all involved today who knows what might happen to them, not that im wishing any ill fortune on them...
pompeyrug
23/03/2008 08:01:00
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I would have picked Defoe over Walcott but then I'm not the manager. I suppose he gives England something a bit different where as Defoe is pretty much in direct competition with Owen.
stillthewhizz
23/03/2008 10:20:00
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Defoe, an Englishman actually in form and scoring goals, makes sense to drop him doesn't it?
paultsmouth
23/03/2008 10:30:00
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Surprised is an understatement. Obviously, he has to score more on a regular basis for us to get another shout. Time is on his side.
storagematt
23/03/2008 10:38:00
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