Given England’s extensively-documented toils on the field, there can never have been a better time for Three Lions hopefuls to win their first cap.
Before the withdrawals began, Roy Hodgson included four international virgins in his party to face Norway and Switzerland, but there continues to be a raft of players constantly overlooked for selection.
Should England suffer defeat in Switzerland – an eventuality the odds gurus at bwin.com rate at 33/20 to occur – the clamour to see these chaps picked for the next squad could well increase.
The Stoke City skipper is a proven, consistent Premier League centre-half with no obvious superior in the current England ranks.
Gary Cahill’s sterling Chelsea form typically dips when donning the shirt of his country owing to the absence of leaders around him.
Shawcross possesses these qualities in abundance and would be the perfect partner for the former Bolton man in the heart of defence.
Glen Johnson is of that not-so-rare-breed of player whose ability is frequently questioned by all and sundry, aside from the top-level managers who select him at every given opportunity.
Understudy Kyle Walker flirts with similar categorisation and, as the recent friendly with Norway confirmed, deploying fleet-footed centre-backs in this position doesn’t work either.
Southampton’s Clyne adopts a similar style to both incumbents; he’s quick, adventurous and capable on the ball, yet never comes into contention even when both are unavailable.
Pace is not one of the Canning Town native’s fortes and were the West Ham hero pitted against the likes of Andres Iniesta or Andrea Pirlo on the international scene, he would almost certainly be made scapegoat for an inevitable loss.
However, when compared to the Premier League achievements of recently inaugurated Jack Colback and Fabian Delph, it’s difficult to justify the eastender’s latest omission.
The no-frills approach of Solomon’s son makes him hard to endear to, but Kane is able when it comes to finding the net.
Last season he notched three goals in just six top-tier starts and is certainly worthy of an ancillary role in the international ranks as one for the future.