The real reason Fabio picked Fulham's Bullard

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Tucked away tightly between a high-scoring weekend of Premier League action and an almost certainly equally frantic transfer deadline day, Fabio Capello last night named his first competitive England squad.

While the omission of Michael Owen has been the story that’s dominated the back pages this morning, the issue that will have really caught the football public’s imagination will have been the shock inclusion of Jimmy Bullard.

Bullard: Looking sharp as ever

But should it have been a shock? can exclusively reveal Fabio Capello’s reasoning for selecting the lovable 70’s throwback.

To do this we need point you no further than our sister website, a nifty little site that allows you, the football public, to rate every professional footballer in Great Britain.

At the time of writing Mr Bullard was sat in 13th place in our Hotlist, making him the fifth highest English Premier League midfielder. However with Steven Gerrard (crocked) and Paul Scholes (retired) ahead of him, he more than warrants a place in the team for Saturday’s match with Andorra, and that’s science…or democracy…or something.

"I'm not sure who to put on, anyone got a Blackberry?"

Anyway, the esteemed Mr Capello is obviously using to help him pick his squads, which can only be good news for Wolves’ Matt Jarvis, who at the time of writing was floating around the lower half of the Hotlist’s top 10.

It might be worth waiting by the phone Matt if Frank Lampard picks up a knock, that’s all we’re saying...