Matthew Upson has been one of the big beneficiaries of the new England shake-up after being called up for Fabio Capello's first England squad. On a sour note, Robert Green and Dean Ashton have been overlooked once again. The Hammers defender, who has four caps to his name has been included in the provisional 30-man squad for the friendly against Switzerland next week. The only two new caps in what is a surprisingly unadventurous selection are Aston Villa's Curtis Davies and Gabriel Agbonlahor.
He added: "I have selected a squad of 30 players as I think it is important that all the players are equal from the beginning. There are a lot of games before we join up and I think it is better that we are prepared for any injuries. This way we are not expecting to call players up as late replacements when I name a 23-man squad on Saturday evening. Franco Baldini and I have been watching many games since we arrived in England and we have tried to see as many English players as possible before deciding on the squad. There were a number of players that we already knew about but there are many we have seen playing live for the first time. We will use the time between now and our first World Cup qualifying match in September to look at the players and find the best formula for the England team. I will also look at players who have not been included in the squad this time."
In other news, according to an article by Andrew Dillon in today's Sun, West Ham United have been forced to abandon plans for a new £10million training complex amid a cash squeeze at the club. It is claimed Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson has ordered a massive belt-tightening from top to bottom after boss Alan Curbishley was allowed to lash out £40million in the last 13 months. Curbishley had overseen proposals to move the first-team squad to Rush Green in Barking, site of the old Ford Utd FC. But, claims Dillon, he may now have to stay put at the club’s cramped Chadwell Heath HQ. A West Ham spokesman said: "There were one or two issues with that site. But other options are being investigated."