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50-50: Liverpool vs. Real Madrid

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By ESPN Staff
May 14, 2006

Eriksson prepares to name World Cup squad

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is expected to stick with the 23 players he has already named when the FIFA deadline for World Cup squads expires tomorrow.

The Swede named a provisional squad last Monday with five players on stand-by and, with no new injury worries, he will not make any changes.

Eriksson still has up until 24 hours before England's first game, against Paraguay on June 10, to replace any injured players.

But he will have breathed a sigh of relief as Liverpool trio Peter Crouch, Jamie Carragher and, in particular, Steven Gerrard came through the FA Cup final with no sign of a broken metatarsal between them.

His final worry, before friendlies against Hungary and Jamaica, is the Champions League when he will be hoping Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell emerge without further injuries.

Eriksson is still banking on Wayne Rooney to recover his fitness, with conflicting reports about his progress.

There have been claims he will be able to play in three weeks' time, while England captain David Beckham has played down the Manchester United striker's chances and urged Rooney not to risk his future by coming back too soon.

Beckham bounced back from a metatarsal injury to play in the last World Cup, but had longer than Rooney to recover.

'I was always so positive I was going to make the World Cup anyway. It never entered my head not to be fit for it, whereas Wayne has had his injury a month later than I did,'' Beckham said.

'If he's not right, then he has to look after himself. He can't take risks. He's got a huge future ahead of him, so he has to be careful.

'He shouldn't rush it. Everyone in our country wants him fit but he's got to think of himself as well.''