Date: 23rd March 2009 at 11:58am
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The England squad for the games against Slovakia and Ukraine has been announced, and predictably, there is no place for Bolton`s Kevin Davies and Gary Cahill, both who had been included in the long squad.

The omission of Davies is understandable. He will be 32 in a few days time and Fabio Cappello has Peter Crouch and Emile Heskey to pick from if he requires a target man. Both have fulfilled that role for the national team before.

That Matthew Upson and Ledley King are preferred to Cahill, however, is a disgrace. King can barely put one foot in front of the other before breaking down and Upson was ground into the dust by Davies in the recent game against West Ham United. By comparison, Cahill shone.

When Cappello was appointed, the hope was that he would pick players on form. It seems that he is just as cowardly as his predecessors in selecting non-performers from the more fashionable clubs.


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