the sad truth is that Holden was back to 100% healthy (or close to) and looked to be our best true winger right before the Cup....and couldn't get into the squad due to Bradley's mental inertia on lineups.
The biggest trick Bradley ever pulled was convincing the media he was open to new players. He may have used a record number of individuals, but when the chips were down, he was not willing to give more than a sniff to the "irregulars" (other than the incomprehensible affinity for Findley).
Tomas Mueller played in something like 3 senior games before the WC. Would BB have risked starting Oezil and Mueller with Ballack injured if he was Germany's coach?
Paco Torres shouldn't have been in a position where he was playing in his 2nd or 3rd meaningful game for the national team, he has the talent but did not have the experience. One of those is on the player and one is on the coach.