Mix-up in England squad naming

Sven Goran Eriksson today named his provisional squad for the World Cup, which kicks off a month today:

Paul Robinson, David James, Robert Green, Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Sol Campbell, Jamie Carragher, Wayne Bridge, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Owen Hargreaves, Jermaine Jenas, Stewart Downing, Joe Cole, Aaron Lennon, Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen, Peter Crouch, Theo Walcott

Apparently there was some last-minute, schoolboy error-prone Excel sorting of the first name and last name columns of the name sheet, and the following people have actually been selected.

Aaron Neville, Paul Robinson (of Neighbours fame), Gary Owen (the loser to John Spencer in the 1969 World Snooker final), the late John Lennon, the late David Cole (of Clivillés and Cole, aka C&C Music Factory), David Sol (assumed to be a typo, he of Starsky and Hutch, and Little Britain fame), Frank Ferdinand (another typo – the entire band has been selected, a loophole meaning they only count as one player), the late Jimmy Stewart, Eastenders’ Steve Owen (Martin Kemp will be required to be in-character for the entire month), Michael ‘Mickey’ Rooney and Robert Downing Junior.

We’re a force not to be reckoned with.

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