FIFA World Cup 2010: Which Spurs Stars Capello Will Select On June 1
There are many great players who will be watching from home as their national teams do battle in South Africa this summer.
Argentina coach and World Cup legend Diego Maradonna caused a stir by leaving out experienced duo Esteban Cambiasso and Javier Zanetti.
French coach Raymond Domenech's popularity has sunk to an all-time low after he decided to leave out Real Madrid's €30 million striker Karim Benzema.
Bert Van Marwijk evidently felt that his Dutch squad would be no less of a threat without prodigious striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy.
Perhaps the most surprising news, however, came from Brazil, where coach Dunga chose work ethic over wizardry.
Will he come to regret leaving behind dynamic Serie A duo Alexandre Pato and Ronaldinho.
Here in England, Fabio Capello's initial selection of 30 players threw up far fewer surprises.
Perhaps asking Jamie Carragher to exit international retirement is a bit of nonsense given that the Liverpool defender has had a mediocre campaign in a struggling team.
Is Ledley King's inclusion wishful thinking, with the Spurs defender unable to train most days due to his recurring knee injury?
In fact, King is one of six Tottenham players who were selected to prove to the manager that they can be an important part of a successful squad.
While none of these players have cemented their place in England's starting 11, they are full of confidence on the back of securing their team's first ever Champions League showing.
On Tuesday 1 June, after a week's high-altitude training in Austria, the intelligent Italian will announce to the nation which seven players he has decided to leave behind.
Will Capello decide that he cannot do without Michael Dawson's commitment, Jermain Defoe's sharpness and Aaron Lennon's pace?
Here I take a look at the chances of Tottenham's English contingent of making the final 23.
Michael Dawson: Tottenham's Player of the Year To Back Up Terry?
If you asked a handful of Spurs fans which of their players was most deserving of a place in the 2010 World Cup squad, most would choose former Nottingham Forest defender Michael Dawson.
Dawson, almost ever-present in Tottenham's defense this campaign has been the London club's best player this season, and has 12 clean sheets to back it up.
His bravery, commitment, and excellent timing in the tackle, make him a great character and player for a manager to take to a big tournament.
Unlike Crouch and Defoe, who have not performed well this season against the "Top Four" in the Premier League, Dawson is a big-game player.
His chances will improve considerably if Rio Ferdinand and Ledley King continue to struggle with their injuries.
Chances of Selection: 7/10
Ledley King: Pure Class But Will He Last?
It's clear that managers, players and supporters alike appreciate the merits of Tottenham's injury-prone captain Ledley King in the initial 30-man training squad.
Although King has been sidelined again this season for lengthy spells, unable to train for most of the time, when he has played, his level of performance has been exceptional.
This afternoon, teammate Peter Crouch described King as "brilliant", and Capello has described him as "one of the best' around."
But while King's composure on the ball, footballing intelligence, and skill in the tackle are clear, what remains an uncertainty is his staying power.
Although he would be unlikely to play every game in the tournament, he is seen as the ideal player to step in for a couple of important games and do the job.
But Capello must be ruthless in his selection, and may decide that King is not worth the risk.
Chance of Selection: 6/10
Tom Huddlestone: Impressive on His Day But Is He Ready?
Tottenham's imposing defensive midfield maestro Tom Huddlestone has enjoyed his best season at White Hart Lane to date, but continues to polarize opinion.
In the past, critics have accused the former Under-21 international of lacking the finesse, fitness, and mentality of a truly top-class international player.
He goes missing in games, and he is off the pace of the ball, they said.
Nevertheless, his performances against Arsenal and Manchester City in the last month of the Premier League season had his manager Harry Redknapp purring and Capello on the phone when it mattered.
Whether England's coaching team can find a role for "Thud" remains to be seen, but his eye for goal and physical attributes and range of passing could be important weapons in South Africa.
Chance of Selection: 4/10
Aaron Lennon: Danger, Danger...High Voltage!
That is the best word to describe winger Aaron Lennon when he is fit and on his game.
The Croatian team, which visited Wembley towards the end of last year, found that out in the most brutal of ways.
Lennon harried and haunted Slavn Bilic's defenders all night long, setting up two of England's five goals on the night and earning himself a Man of the Match award in the process.
Lennon now seems to have recovered from a groin injury which sidelined him for three months, and looked sharp on his return for Tottenham's last handful of matches.
Capello likes Lennon and, therefore, you can expect him to select Tottenham's speedy winger ahead of Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Chance of Selection: 9/10
Peter Crouch: The X Factor?
Peter Crouch is an enigmatic footballer.
Often forlorn and impotent against poor teams, he seems to retain an ability to score a goal at an important time from nowhere.
He is often just in the right place at the right time.
And while his scoring form for Tottenham this season was less-than-impressive, his headed winner in the club's penultimate game at Manchester City was the decisive factor in Spurs qualifying for the Champions League.
On the international stage, he has an uncanny knack of scoring from the bench.
With more than a goal every two games during his England career, and 18 goals in his last 17 starts, he is a phenomenon.
With his goalscoring prowess, aerial ability, and hold-up play, consider 6'7'' Crouch a shoo-in for South Africa.
Chances of Selection: 10/10
Jermain Defoe: Did He Lose His Touch at The Wrong Moment?
In August, Jermain Defoe smashed home a breathtakingly violent hat-trick at Hull City.
In November, he went two better by smashing FIVE past Wigan Athletic.
Defoe incredibly scored his third hat-trick of the season at Leeds United three months later.
Yet, despite these feats and the fact that he ended the Premier League season as the fourth highest English goalscorer, behind Wayne Rooney, Darren Bent and Frank Lampard, something seems to have gone wrong over the last few weeks.
Manager Harry Redknapp picked up on this also: "His form's not been so good lately so I've taken him off when he's not played well. It's private between me and him how he's playing."
An honest comment maybe, but one which will do his chances of inclusion in Capello's final squad of 23 no good whatsoever.
Defoe's scoring record for England is mediocre at best, although he did score an impressive double against Holland last year off the bench.
Bent or Defoe is a tricky call - even if fellow b/r readers chose the former as a much better player in a recent poll.
Expect Capello to spring a surprise and select the player for whom Defoe was a bete noire at Spurs.
Chances of Selection: 5/10
England's Final 23?
Robert Green, Joe Hart, David James
Glen Johnson, Jamie Carragher, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Michael Dawson, Matthew Upson, Ashley Cole, Leighton Baines
Aaron Lennon, Theo Walcott, James Milner, Michael Carrick, Gareth Barry, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Joe Cole
Peter Crouch, Wayne Rooney, Emile Heskey, Darren Bent
Ledley King, Stephen Warnock, Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone, Adam Johnson, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Jermaine Defoe