King and Carragher live the dream
IT IS SAID that every young English boy dreams of playing football for England.
Which means that Ledley King and Jamie Carragher have made Matthew Upson look like a bit of a fool.
In their ten World Cup qualifying games, England used four different centre-backs.
Two of those – Rio Ferdinand and Joleon Lescott – are not at the World Cup.
And of the three centre-backs used by Fabio Capello in the World Cup opener, only one – John Terry- featured in those qualifying matches.
The other two – King and Carragher – had never featured under Capello until the warm-up friendlies. Indeed neither had played for England since June 2007.
Upson, on the other hand, has been lugging his Marks and Spencer suit all over Eastern Europe’s less glamorous football locations.
But now, just in time for the international matches that are worth playing, King and Carragher have returned to the squad, after deciding respectively that a dodgy knee and retirement were no barrier to appearing in a World Cup.
Except in yesterday’s match against the USA it backfired.
For King it turned out that having fully-functioning legs was a prerequisite for playing international football and he had to be substituted at half-time.
Maybe Upson will be handed the chance his dues deserve after all.