Capello gambles on King, Cole

LONDON - Fabio Capello has named Ledley King, Jamie Carragher and Scott Parker among his provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup finals.

LONDON - Fabio Capello has named Ledley King, Jamie Carragher and Scott Parker among his provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup finals.

Capello has opted to take a gamble on Tottenham centre-back King even though he is struggling with a degenerative knee problem, while Liverpool defender Carragher has been persuaded to come out of international retirement.

There is also a surprise place for West Ham midfielder Parker, who has been in fine form for his club this season.

But there is no place for injury-hit Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves .

Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole, who hasn't featured for England since September 2008, has made the squad after suggestions his lack of playing time for the Premier League champions would force Capello to leave him out.

The provisional 30-man squad includes Portsmouth goalkeeper David James, Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, Chelsea captain John Terry, Theo Walcott of Arsenal, Shaun Wright-Phillips of Manchester City and star striker Wayne Rooney of Manchester United.

Capello will run the rule over his group at a training camp in Austria and in friendlies against Mexico and Japan before finalising his 23-man squad by June 1. - Sapa-AFP

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