England coach Fabio Capello has persuaded defender Jamie Carragher to come out of international retirement for the World Cup, while centre back Ledley King has been selected in the provisional squad despite chronic knee problems.
The 32-year-old Carragher quit international football three years ago after being snubbed by Capello's predecessor, Steve McClaren, to focus on his
The 29-year-old King, who also last played for
King and Carragher will act as central defensive cover for John Terry and captain Rio Ferdinand, who also struggles with back problems.
Since defenders Wes Brown and Joleon Lescott were completed ruled out of the World Cup due to injury, Capello has diverted from his policy of only selecting players with no fitness concerns.
The final 23-man squad will be announced on June 1 after a training camp in
West Ham midfielder Scott Parker also has a chance to convince Capello to take him to
Up front, Capello's favoured starting strikers of Wayne Rooney and Emile Heskey have been joined by Tottenham pair Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe, as well as
Goalkeepers: David James (
Defenders: Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), John Terry (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Matthew Upson (West Ham), Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Ledley King (Tottenham), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa), Michael Dawson (Tottenham).
Midfielders: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City), James Milner (Aston Villa), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Scott Parker (West Ham), Gareth Barry (Manchester City).
Strikers: Peter Crouch (Tottenham), Emile Heskey (Aston Villa),