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Last Updated: Friday, 26 May 2006, 11:45 GMT 12:45 UK
England's World Cup form guide

Sven-Goran Eriksson has named the 23 players he will take to Germany in a bid to win the World Cup for England.

Eriksson confirmed his squad to Fifa on 15 May but has had one withdrawal in the form of right-back Luke Young, who has been replaced by Michael Dawson on the standby list of five players.

BBC Sport checks on the form and fitness of the chosen ones.

PAUL ROBINSON, GOALKEEPER, TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Paul Robinson
The Spurs stopper has been in magnificent form and is the undisputed number one. His fabulous shot-stopping and calm presence will be crucial to England's hopes of winning the World Cup.

DAVID JAMES, GOALKEEPER, MANCHESTER CITY

David James
James is going to Germany in the knowledge he will only play if Robinson is injured, but the Man City keeper has been producing fine displays all season long and Eriksson has a reliable deputy.

SCOTT CARSON, GOALKEEPER, LIVERPOOL

Scott Carson
Carson is in the squad as a result of Robert Green's injury. He has been on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and lacks big-match experience, but will only have a peripheral role - unless injury strikes again.

GARY NEVILLE, RIGHT-BACK, MANCHESTER UNITED

Gary Neville
Neville is the outstanding choice at right-back and has enjoyed a productive season. He will be desperate to make up for missing out on the last World Cup with a fractured foot.

ASHLEY COLE, LEFT-BACK, ARSENAL

Ashley Cole
Cole's World Cup dream was under threat after seven months out injured, but two recent starts have silenced the doubters. Few countries can boast such a talented full-back.

WAYNE BRIDGE, LEFT-BACK, CHELSEA (On-loan at Fulham)

Wayne Bridge
Like Cole, injury was the only way Bridge would have missed out and the 25-year-old is a more than able deputy for his Arsenal rival. Useful in a left midfield role too as an added bonus.

JOHN TERRY, CENTRE-BACK, CHELSEA

John Terry
The rock around which the England defence is now built, Terry must be considered England's first-choice centre-half after two magnificent seasons skippering the champions Chelsea.

RIO FERDINAND, CENTRE-BACK, MANCHESTER UNITED

Rio Ferdinand
Chosen ahead of Sol Campbell to start the friendly with Argentina in November, Ferdinand has been a calm presence at Old Trafford this season and England's most skilful defender is a certain starter.

SOL CAMPBELL, CENTRE-BACK, ARSENAL

Sol Campbell
Campbell has struggled with form and fitness this term, but the veteran of two World Cups has got back into the Arsenal team at just the right time and looks ready for Germany.

JAMIE CARRAGHER, CENTRE-BACK, LIVERPOOL

Jamie Carragher
The perfect squad player for a major tournament as the 28-year-old's versatility enables him to play across the entire back four. Is unlucky that England have so many world-class centre-halves.

DAVID BECKHAM, RIGHT MIDFIELD, REAL MADRID

David Beckham
For once, Beckham has been out of the spotlight in the build-up to a major tournament. The captain has been playing well for Real Madrid and is injury-free. Has a massive responsibility this summer.

AARON LENNON, RIGHT MIDFIELD, TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Aaron Lennon
Has come from nowhere to grab a place in the squad after some stunning displays for Spurs since Christmas. Quick, direct and scares the most experienced of defenders into making mistakes.

JOE COLE, LEFT MIDFIELD, CHELSEA

Joe Cole
A certain starter, Cole may play on the left or be utilised as Wayne Rooney's replacement up front. Goes into the tournament in fabulous form after a stunning season for the champions.

STEWART DOWNING, LEFT MIDFIELD, MIDDLESBROUGH

Stewart Downing
Injured for five months of the season - but the Boro winger has come back in to form with a bang and helped his team to the Uefa Cup final. The most natural left-footed midfielder in the country.

FRANK LAMPARD, CENTRE MIDFIELD, CHELSEA

Frank Lampard
Another fine season saw Lampard bag 20 goals from midfield and there will be very few players in Germany so capable of turning a game in an instant. A jewel in Eriksson's crown.

STEVEN GERRARD, CENTRE MIDFIELD, LIVERPOOL

Steven Gerrard
Missed the last World Cup with injury but key this time around, particularly with Wayne Rooney such a huge doubt. Has been in brilliant all-action form scoring 23 goals in all competitions.

MICHAEL CARRICK, CENTRE MIDFIELD, TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Michael Carrick
Cemented his squad berth with some solid displays as he helped secure Spurs' highest Premiership finish. If Eriksson wants a dependable holding midfielder, Carrick is his man.

JERMAINE JENAS, CENTRE MIDFIELD, TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Jermaine Jenas
Missed the end of the season with a stress fracture of the shin, but the 23-year-old has been a regular starter for Spurs this term and chipped in with some vital goals for Martin Jol's side.

OWEN HARGREAVES, CENTRE MIDFIELD, BAYERN MUNICH

Owen Hargreaves
The 25-year-old recovered from a groin injury to hit form at the right time for the German champions and always offers useful versatility across the midfield at a major tournament.

WAYNE ROONEY, STRIKER, MANCHESTER UNITED

Wayne Rooney
Named in the squad in case he returns to fitness, the fact remains Rooney is unlikely to play in the World Cup after fracturing his foot on 29 April. An enormous blow for England and for the tournament.

MICHAEL OWEN, STRIKER, NEWCASTLE UNITED

Michael Owen
Out since New Year's Eve with a broken foot, Owen has only just returned and may not be 100% when the tournament starts. But with Rooney out, he is vital to the team.

PETER CROUCH, STRIKER, LIVERPOOL

Peter Crouch
The 6ft 7in hitman took 19 games to open his Reds account but could find himself in Eriksson's starting XI after Rooney's injury blow. Brilliant at holding the ball up and sure to cause teams discomfort.

THEO WALCOTT, STRIKER, ARSENAL

Theo Walcott
At just 17 and having never played a Premiership game, Walcott's is a breathtaking inclusion. Doubts over Owen and Rooney forced Eriksson to gamble and the lightning-quick forward is the beneficiary.


Meanwhile, the five players on standby...

BEN FOSTER, GOALKEEPER, MANCHESTER UNITED

Ben Foster
The 23-year-old helped Watford earn a place in the Premiership via the play-offs while on a season-long loan at Vicarage Road and the Hornets hope to secure a similar deal next term.

MICHAEL DAWSON, CENTRE-BACK, TOTTENHAM

Michael Dawson
Has enjoyed a hugely successful first full season at the heart of the Spurs defence, helping the club to fifth in the league. Lacks experience but has impressed Eriksson with some mature displays.

PHIL NEVILLE, CENTRE MIDFIELD/FULL-BACK, EVERTON

Phil Neville
Stepped up to the standby list in place of Nigel Reo-Coker. Despite vast experience has yet to play at a World Cup, but versatility could help him win a squad spot alongside his brother if injury strikes.

JERMAIN DEFOE, STRIKER, TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Jermain Defoe
Will perhaps be surprised to miss out on the 23, but Defoe has been short of his best form this season and has often found himself behind Mido and Robbie Keane in the Spurs pecking order.

ANDREW JOHNSON, STRIKER, CRYSTAL PALACE

Andrew Johnson
The pacy Palace striker has not set the Championship on fire as was expected, but with other English strikers failing to fire, his 17 goals are enough for a standby berth.



SEE ALSO
England scouting review
08 May 06 |  World Cup 2006
Pick your England team
08 May 06 |  Squad selectors
England statistics
24 Apr 06 |  England


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