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Sunday, 9 February, 2003, 13:16 GMT
Sven's game of two halves
Everton's Wayne Rooney (left) and James Beattie of Southampton have plenty to cheer after being called into the England squad
Rooney and Beattie are all smiles after their call-ups

Clearly, you can't please all of the people all of the time.

But Sven-Goran Eriksson has given it his best shot.

Eriksson's bumper 27-man squad for England's friendly with Australia at Upton Park on Wednesday contains an impressive blend of experienced players and uncapped talent.

The England coach has hinted he will play his strongest available side in the first half at Upton Park.

Then, after wholesale half-time changes, an England Under-25 team will take the field, hoping to provide a hint of what England fans can expect in years to come.

What about Barry?

So, 27 players are happy, Eriksson is happy and the clubs are happy that their prized commodoties will not be over exposed to the rigours of an international match.

Only the fans will be disappointed by Eriksson's plan as the prospect of another public training session looms on the East London horizon.

Oh, and Gareth Barry.

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The Aston Villa left-back looked nailed on for a chance in the senior squad after what seems to have been the longest Under-21 tour of duty in England history.

Time seems to have stood still for Barry, despite goals in his last three Premiership outings and injuries to first-choice England left-backs Ashley Cole and Wayne Bridge.

Barry's loss is Paul Konchesky's gain and the exciting Charlton prospect is set for his first England cap, along with Valley team-mate Scott Parker.

Charlton midfielder Scott Parker
Parker stuck to a diet of football

Parker was the child star of a McDonald's TV commercial, juggling a football in his back garden and dreaming of playing for England one day - before selling out on those dreams for a quarter pounder and large fries.

Thankfully, the reality was very different for Parker, whose quiet assurance at the heart of the Addicks midfield has been a major factor in Charlton's remarkable rise this season.

There are also chances of a first cap for Birmingham defender Matthew Upson, Newcastle's burgeoning midfielder Jermaine Jenas and Fulham's form midfielder Sean Davis.

Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson
Robinson has the chance to stake his claim
And Leeds' rock-steady goalkeeper Paul Robinson finally has the chance to snatch the England gloves from David Seaman's withering grasp.

But the real eye-catchers in Eriksson's squad are up front.

Emile Heskey's timely climbdown because of injury has handed Francis Jeffers the chance to transport his prolific England Under-21 goal record to senior level.

And then there is the prospect of a second-half attacking partnership to strike fear into the Australian defence.

Everton wonderkid Wayne Rooney, despite making only six Premiership starts, will become England's youngest ever international at the age of 17 years and 111 days.

Alongside him, James Beattie will look a relative veteran at 24, but no-one in Eriksson's squad deserves his cap more than the Premiership's leading English goalscorer.

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