Tuesday, May 18, 2010

England World Cup Squad Surprised Gary Neville

Manchester United captain expected different picks from Fabio Capello

Manchester United captain Gary Neville has admitted that whilst he accepts the fact that he was not included in Fabio Capello’s 30-man preliminary World Cup squad, he was surprised that the Italian only included one specialist right-back in his party that will travel to a pre-tournament training camp in Austria.

"I wouldn't say I'm overly disappointed not to be in the initial 30-man England World Cup squad," he said.

"I thought there was a chance I could get in but I was under no illusions how tough it would be, after not being named in the squad for a year.

"I'm slightly surprised there is only one right-back in the entire squad, but I'm probably more surprised Wes Brown isn't in the 30."

Neville also claimed that he felt there was some desperation involved in the Italian’s attempts to persuade Paul Scholes to come out of international retirement.

"Capello spoke to Paul but he retired a few years ago and he's not the type to go back on that,” added the 35-year-old

"I'm not surprised Capello tried to get him out of retirement because, if there is one player I would try to bring back, it is Scholes.

"Capello maybe got a bit desperate at the last minute and wanted Scholes because he is still probably the country's best midfielder - but Scholes stuck to his guns."



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