Parker makes England squad

Robert Green, Matthew Upson and Scott Parker have been named in Fabio Capello's provisional 30-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The trio were all named on Tuesday afternoon, with striker Carlton Cole among the most notable absentees. Green and Upson were widely thought to be certainties for the squad, but Parker was a surprise but deserved inclusion after his terrific season for the club. The players will all be part of a pre-finals training camp in Austria.

England face Mexico on 24 May at Wembley in their final home friendly before taking on Japan on 30 May in Graz. Their opening World Cup fixture, once Capello has whittled his squad down to 23 names, will be against the United States on Saturday 12 June.

England squad

Joe Hart, David James, Robert Green
Leighton Baines, Jamie Carragher, Ashley Cole, Michael Dawson, Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Ledley King, John Terry, Matthew Upson, Stephen Warnock
Gareth Barry, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Steven Gerrard, Tom Huddlestone, Adam Johnson, Frank Lampard, Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Scott Parker, Theo Walcott, Shaun Wright-Phillips
Darren Bent, Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney