This morning Fabio Capello and Stuart Pearce named their respective squads for their upcoming international competitions. Capello picked a senior national side that includes Tottenham Hotspur players Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, and Kyle Walker. England are set to play Switzerland at Wembley Stadium on June 4th.
Meanwhile, Stuart Pearce, who had included three Tottenham Hotspur players in his provisional squad for the European U-21 Championships, announced his final squad, which now includes only two Spurs youngsters: Kyle Walker and Danny Rose. Pearce's side begin with a tune-up match against Norway at Southampton's St. Mary's Stadium on June 5th before heading to Denmark for their opening match against Spain on June 12.
The inclusion of Defoe in the England squad is baffling. His form has been so poor this season that one has to wonder why exactly Fabio Capello is keeping him in the squad. Is it due to lack of options? Celtic's Gary Hooper, who was left out of Pearce's U-21 side despite an excellent season in the SPL, or perhaps Blackpool's DJ Campbell might have been better options.
It will be interesting to see just how Pearce utilizes Danny Rose. Rose played the last four games of the season at left back for Spurs, but the England squad lists him as a midfielder and he would almost certainly be second choice at LB behind Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs.