The announcement of the World Cup squad was an absolute shambles. Rumours flying around for seven hours before it was officially announced. For someone famed for his meticulous planning I thought it was a very strange way of going about things. A phone call is so impersonal, it suggests he doesn't have the balls to do it face to face. I don't see why he couldn't have got them all to be in one place and call them through one by one (leaving the likes of Rooney, Ferdinand to the end as they wouldn't be nervous about selection) before giving them the news. Then he'd have his squad together to work another day.
As for the squad itself, I guess the main surprise is the omission of Theo Walcott. He is still only 21, but it is a shame that he hasn't progressed from the kid who destroyed Croatia back in 2008. He at times doesn't know when to stick and when to twist and his final ball often lets him down. That being said I would have still had him in the squad over SWP. He has never even hinted that he might be good enough when putting on the England shirt. The unluckier player though is Johnson, who is in much better form than either of them, I think it's come about 6 months too early for him but I would still have taken him.
Joe Cole is an excellent inclusion. I was worried when there was talk of him staying behind as he is still one of our real talents.
Other than that the only disappointment was to see Michael Carrick in the squad. He has been in decline for the past year, I would put Man Utd's failure to win anything significant this year down to them not having a decent partner for Fletcher in the middle of the park. I fear he has been picked for past performances, although there wasn't much competition.
The Heskey debate is another good one, though I feel the facts speak for themselves, no matter how prolific Bent is at club level I have always been of the opinion that he needs to be the main man. He likes being the teams focal point and as such can't function as well with other quality players around him. Heskey in short has benefited from a lack of competition.
Out of the squad picked my 11 would be: Hart, Johnson, Terry, Ferdinand, A Cole, Lennon, Gerrard, Lampard, J Cole, Rooney, Crouch.
To me that isn't a world beating team, I can see a second round/quarter final exit as our best possible result - but here's hoping!