England coach Fabio Capello refused to guarantee Jamie Carragher a place in his final World Cup squad of 23 despite the Liverpool defender showing his willingness to come out of international retirement by agreeing to be part of a 30-man provisional party.
In all probability, having persuaded Carragher to make himself available, it is hard to see Capello not selecting the Liverpool veteran in his final squad when it is announced after the friendly with Japan in Graz on May 30. However, he would not give Carragher any guarantees he would be on the plane to South Africa.
"He is one of the 30 players," said Capello. "During the training camp I will evaluate the performance of each player, after that I will decide."
Detailing how Carragher's return to the international fold came about, Capello added: "We started two months ago, we spoke with him, (Capello's assistant) Franco Baldini met him two weeks ago and he was happy to stay with us and we decided to select him."
Another man to make it into the 30-man squad is Tottenham defender Ledley King.
Capello called King into his squad for the double-header against Slovakia and Ukraine in April last year, but once it was discovered the Tottenham man's chronic knee condition prevented him from training he was quickly returned to his club.
"We were monitoring him for a long time," said Capello. "He is one of the best defenders in England. In the last 15 days he has played four games, I spoke with him about the knee problems and he said this season the knee was really good."
Capello revealed he had also asked Manchester United veteran Paul Scholes to consider a comeback but unlike Carragher, the midfielder turned down the request.
"Yes (I spoke to him) but it was up to him. He said no, he preferred to stay with the family. But I tried, yes."
Asked about Gareth Barry's inclusion in the squad despite the Manchester City midfielder's ankle injury, Capello said: "I decided this morning after meeting with Franco Baldini and the doctor. I decided to put him in the 30 because the next medical check will be May 24 and after this medical check we will decide what we can do."
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