1 June: Fabio Capello announced his 23-man squad for the tournament after
spending the afternoon breaking the bad news first to the seven players
on the standby list.
2 June: Capello signed a new two-year contract with the FA and then flew out
to Johannesburg with the squad, accompanied by David Beckham.
3 June: Following an eleven-hour flight, England arrived at their training
base, the Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus at Rustenberg, and they were all
personally welcomed by the King of Bafokeng.
4 June: England captain, Rio Ferdinand damaged his knee ligaments at the end
of the first training session and was ruled out of the tournament. David
James missed training with a slight knee problem, but Gareth Barry took
part, whilst still recovering from an ankle injury.
5 June: Michael Dawson, ruled out of the squad, four days earlier, arrived at
Rustenberg as Ferdinand's replacement.
6 June: James returned to training, but there were still concerns about his
knee, and Matthew Upson missed the session, because he had a
7 June: England beat Platinum Stars, 3-0, with Fabio Capello having a
half-time rant at the players, following a frustrating first half.
"I've not seen him like that before," Terry said.
"That was the worst, the angriest, I'd seen him.
worked all week on pressing and not letting the opposition turn and get
time on the ball and we didn't do that." - The Times
8 June: The players went on a safari trip to the Pilanesberg National Park,
following their morning training session.
9 June: More tension at the training camp, as Capello explodes with rage,
when mistakenly accusing journalists of spying on the players in the
June: James Milner missed a third day's training with a stomach virus.
Steven Gerrard, England's new captain, revealed his confidence in Wayne
"The stage is set for Wayne. He's a fantastic
age, he's in great shape and he's coming off the back of an unbelievable
season, probably his best...Hopefully he can be our main goalscorer..."
- The Times
June: The players trained in the Royal Bafokeng Stadium. Milner took part
in the ninety-minute session, but none of the players were to be told of
their inclusion in the first match until two hours before kick-off.
Capello admitted that his dream was to win the World Cup:
"It was a dream to be England manager and I hope
the next dream comes off, too. Why not? I'm focused always to win. I've
built teams, worked with teams, worked with players and always been
focused to win. That's all that matters to me: to win and get to the
final. In my mind, we play to win. That's all. I exist to win...This
team is OK to reach the final."
- The Times