Today, Fabio Capello made his final decisions and chose England's 23-man squad for the World Cup. In the process, Capello made some questionable decisions, like leaving out Theo Wolcott.
Below is England's roster.
Robert Green, Joe Hart, David James
Jamie Carragher, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Ledley King, John Terry, Matthew Upson, Stephen Warnock
Gareth Barry, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Shaun Wright-Phillips
Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney
Capello's decisions have far-reaching effects, well beyond the seven players omitted.
In the next few slides, I will evaluate the winners and losers of Capello's selection and what they mean for England's World Cup chances.
By picking Garreth Barry and Emile Heskey as part of his 23-man roster, Capello has shown the world he will do whatever it takes to allow Wayne Rooney to succeed.
Although Barry has dealt with injury this season and Heskey hasn't scored a lot of goals, both players complement Rooney's game.
Heskey has the uncanny ability to draw defenders out, and this should allow Rooney to see many open looks. Barry has great chemistry with Rooney and is a force to be reckoned with in the midfield
Did you know that Joe Cole is the only player on England's World Cup squad that is a free agent this season?
If he wants to, Cole can opt out of his contract with Chelsea, starting June 30th.
Playing in the World Cup gives Cole the perfect window to show teams throughout the world he can compete with the best of the best.
Even if Cole is content with Chelsea, a great performance in South Africa can raise his negotiation power, and thus, his contract.
Although some people have argued Theo Walcott deserved to make the World Cup, Arsenal fans couldn't have been happier.
Walcott is a dynamic player with great speed but has had trouble with his consistency. During the season, Walcott only completed 36 percent of all his passes, one of the lowest totals in the Premier League.
Having an extra month off should allow Walcott to practice his passing and ball handling skills and come back refreshed for Arsenal next season.
Perhaps the biggest winner of Walcott's omission from the England team is Jonathan Spector.
Jonathan Spector is the starting right back for the United States team. Although Spector is a dynamic player, he lacks the speed many other players have.
If Theo Walcott made the English squad, he would have gone face-to-face with Spector. Walcott's speed would have posed big problems for Spector and the United States in the June 12th matchup.
His absence could allow the U.S. to command the pace of the game.
How would you feel if you only had four minutes to prove your worth?
This is exactly what is going through Adam Johnson's head right now.
After an impressive 13-goal season for Middlesbrough and Manchester City, Johnson was not given ample time in the friendly matches to prove himself.
Many British soccer fans believe that if Johnson was at Manchester City the entire season, he would have definitely made the team. Johnson has a bright future and should be one of the cornerstones of England's team in the years to come.
For the second time in four years, Darren Bent has been omitted from England's World Cup squad.
This season, Bent scored 24 goals for Sunderland, one of the worst teams in the Premier League and played in all 38 of his team's games. The only other Englishman who scored more was Wayne Rooney.
Sunderland even went through a spell of three months without a victory.
Nevertheless, Bent managed to score goals against some of the most formidable opponents: Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal, to name a few.
Without Bent, England will be missing a valuable scoring threat to complement Wayne Rooney.
Although Theo Walcott struggled at Arsenal this season, he wholeheartedly deserved to be in South Africa
Walcott is a dynamic player who would have added much needed form and speed to the team. England is 11-0 when Walcott has started at wing.
In 2008, Walcott kick-started England's qualification campaign by scoring a hat-trick in England's 4-1 win over the Czech Republic and was even hailed England's "best talent" by Capello.
Walcott has meant too much to English football to be left out of the tournament, and his benefits seem to outweigh his risks of inconsistency.
For years, Brazil, Portugal, and Spain have been known for playing "the beautiful game." These three teams emphasize form and speed over function.
England's recent roster cuts show the team will not be playing "the beautiful game" in South Africa. Instead of keeping Bent, Walcott, and Johnson, three players who resemble form and speed, Fabio Capello has chosen more functional players such as Garreth Barry for the team.
Only time will tell if function will suit England in the upcoming World Cup.
The team has a lot of potential and the recent cuts proved Capello's commitment to winning, no matter how much "the beautiful game" is compromised.