Leo Beenhakker names final squad for World CupANTHONY ROUGIER
has been dropped from the T&T World Cup squad of 24 players
who will leave tomorrow for England for a one-week training
camp while German-based Evans Wise has been drafted in for
cover for injured US-based striker striker Cornell Glen.
As indicated last month when he announced the squad, coach
Leo Beenhakker released one player to make it a 23-man squad
for the finals which will take place in Germany from June
9 to July 9 and following Wednesdays 1-1 draw with Peru
at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, the lone player to be left
out was experienced utility player Rougier of local club United
Beenhakker had invited Rougier back into the national team
for a training camp in Fort Lauderdale in January and subsequently
named him on the 24-man squad ahead of the Peru match.
The 63-year-old former Holland and Saudi Arabia coach said
Rougier did everything to make it into the final team. He
showed me he is a great professional and a great guy, but
he was not enough in terms of the conditions to make the team,
With the squad at 23 players inclusive of the injured Glen,
Beenhakker has also invited Wise to join the team in Manchester
up until the end of the training camps in Austria as well
in the event that Glen does not recover from his hamstring
have the 23 players now but we also have the Cornell Glen
situation. On one side I promised him that he can take his
time to recover but obviously with the team preparation in
dont want to put pressure by giving him a deadline.
He will miss a big part of teams preparation but he
will work every-day with physiotherapist and I will give him
a fair chance.
the same time I had a very long conversation with Evans Wise
and he will come over to England to be involved in the team
preparations until the end of the camp in Austria.
told him very clearly that its a 50-50 situation because
if Cornell is fit then I have to send him (Wise) home and
then if Cornell is not fit then I have the bad job to release
him from the squad, Beenhakker explained.
The Dutch-man stressed that he did not enjoy the part of having
to make the latest decision before the team departs for Manchester
on Saturday but he had no choice in the matter.
is always the weird part of my profession because you have
to make decisions like these just by your head but you are
also human and its not easy to send a guy home like
Anthony who I know has worked hard for the past two weeks.
You also have an emotional relationship with your players
but thats part of the job, Beenhakker added.
will prepare Wise the same as the other guys. Normally you
dont make six changes in a match like last night (versus
Peru) but as I said before, I dont only have to prepare
eleven guys but instead the entire squad because if one player
gets injured before we play Sweden then the other has to step
Beenhakker will be ensuring that the entire squad is in top
shape for the matches World Cup Group B matches against Sweden
(June 10), England (June 15) and Paraguay (June 20) in Germany.
Following the one week camp in England, the Soca Warriors
will play Wales on May 27 in another frienddly international
followed by war-up matches against Slovenia on May 31 and
the Czech Republic on June 3.
World Cup squad
Kelvin Jack (Dundee), Shaka Hislop (West Ham United), Clayton
Ince (Coventry City)
Dennis Lawrence (Wrexham) Cyd Gray (CL Financial San Juan
Jabloteh), Marvin Andrews (Glasgow Rangers), Brent Sancho
(Gillingham), Ian Cox (Gillingham), Atiba Charles (W Connection),
Avery John (New England Revolution), Silvio Spann (unattached),
Chris Birchall (Port Vale), Aurtis Whitley (CL Financial San
Juan Jabloteh), Evans Wise (Waldhof Mannheim), Anthony Wolfe
(Jabloteh), Densill Theobald (Falkirk), Carlos Edwards (Luton
Town), Dwight Yorke (Sydney FC), Russell Latapy (Falkirk),
Stern John (Coventry City), Kenwyne Jones (Southampton FC),
Collin Samuel (Dundee United), Jason Scotland (St Johnstone),
Cornell Glen (LA Galaxy).