With provisional 30-man squads being announced, there are already some surprising goalkeeper inclusions and omissions. Blackburn Rovers keeper Paul Robinson, who played every minute of England's World Cup campaign in Germany four years ago, was left out of Fabio Capello's squad. This was not a surprise to most observers, but Rovers manager Sam Allardyce was not impressed:
'I think it’s the wrong decision completely,' Allardyce said. 'Fabio has made the biggest mistake of his selection process.
'If you look at his form for Blackburn Rovers, there’s not a better English goalkeeper who has consistently performed as well as he has. So it clearly can’t be anything else other than something that Fabio has against him.
'He’s always said that people who are in good form would get selected and there’s nobody in better form than Paul Robinson — 12 clean sheets in the Premier League speak for themselves. I don’t know what more he wants.'
I can see Big Sam's point. Robbo's been back to his best this season, after a couple of indifferent campaigns at Spurs, while David James and Robert Green spent their seasons battling injuries and relegation. Joe Hart is hugely talented, but inexperienced at the international level. You have to think Robbo's cool head might have come in handy in South Africa.
In other news, Gomes was rewarded for his sparkling form with Spurs with a spot on Dunga's squad. He'll be second choice to the awesome Julio Cesar.