Green and Upson named

Robert Green and Matthew Upson will go to the 2010 FIFA World Cup after being named in Fabio Capello's final 23-man England squad for South Africa.

There was disappointing news for Scott Parker, however, as the two-times reigning Hammer of the Year was one of seven players to miss out from Capello's 30-man training squad that had prepared in Austria.

England get their Group C campaign up and running against the United States on Saturday week before matches against Algeria and Slovenia on 18 and 23 June respectively.

The finalised squad fly out to South Africa on Wednesday night and, upon arriving, will soon get down to work on the training pitches at altitude in Rustenburg before an expected warm-up game on Monday against a local side. England will remain in the north-western city to take on the US at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

Green and Upson will be eager to emulate the achievements of West Ham United greats Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst, who lifted the World Cup for England in 1966.

Green is tipped to be the Three Lions' starting goalkeeper in South Africa, having started four of England's World Cup qualifiers and excelled in the recent 3-1 friendly victory over Mexico at Wembley.

Now 30, the Chertsey-born stopper has been a model of consistency for the Hammers over the past three seasons, starting 126 consecutive Barclays Premier League matches for the club.

Four years ago, Green was expected to be named in Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, only to suffer a ruptured groin muscle in a B-team warm-up friendly with Belarus just weeks before the tournament got under way.

Since making his debut under Eriksson in the 3-2 friendly win over Colombia in the US in May 2005, Green has added nine further caps under Capello, conceding just seven goals.

Upson, 31, has also become a regular squad member under the present England manager, earning 12 of his 19 caps since the Italian took charge in December 2007.

The centre-back started Capello's first match in charge - a 2-1 victory over Switzerland at Wembley in February 2008 - and featured in five of England's ten World Cup qualifiers.

Returning to South Africa will bring back fond memories for Upson, who made his full international debut against the Bafana Bafana in a 2-1 friendly victory in Durban in May 2003.