Fabio Capello's aims from the England training camp in Austria will be to keep everybody fit and to develop the team's pattern of play and organisation.
Avoiding injuries at this stage is a big consideration, and I imagine there will be only a bare minimum of physical contact stuff - it will mainly be shadow play and fitness work.
It is also important to keep everybody happy and ensure there is a positive atmosphere in the squad.
These players will be at close quarters with each other for the best part of two months, so it is vital everybody gets on and there are not splits in the camp.
Capello's squad are going to the Austrian Alps to acclimatise to the high altitude, but back in 1990 when I was involved we settled for Burnham Beeches outside London.
After that we went straight to Cagliari where we were based for the group stage, although we had a couple of days in Tunisia for a friendly.
It was a 26-man provisional squad and the players who missed the cut were Dave Beasant (who came back later when David Seaman got injured), Tony Adams, Alan Smith and the late, great David Rocastle.
Obviously there is a degree of pressure knowing you could get axed, but you have a general idea who is going to get picked.
As such, I don't agree with Capello taking 30 players to Austria with him. There are some players who he knows he will not pick, and who probably know that themselves.
There might be one or two positions still up for grabs, but not seven, and it just seems like a waste of time for the unlucky players involved to make the trip to Austria.
I respect what Dunga has done with the Brazilian squad - he has picked his 23 along with four standby players in case of injury. That way everybody knows where they stand.
Of the fringe players, I would like to see Adam Johnson get a chance. He is a player with a real spark who can make something out of nothing. He could be a real asset to an England midfield lacking naturally creative players.
Capello talks about picking players in form, and if that is the case then Johnson is surely a better bet than Theo Walcott or Shaun Wright-Phillips.
As for Jamie Carragher, I find his recall very strange. He made a decision not to play for his country for his own reasons. Fair enough.
But if you are retired, then that's how it should stay. And he appears to have been picked as a back-up right-back - a position where he has looked like a fish out of water this season. I shudder to think how he would get on against players with real pace like Arjen Robben.
The Lord Triesman debacle is yet another chapter in the FA's book of self-destructive behaviour, but it will not affect England's World Cup preparations at all.
It is something to talk about in the dressing room, but the players' focus will be on the upcoming World Cup, not the one eight years down the line - particularly as most of them won't be around then anyway.
The same goes for Capello. His job is to give England the best possible chance of success in South Africa. If he is looking beyond July 11, he will not be doing his job properly.