Roy Hodgson pitched up three curveballs when naming Jamie Vardy, Charlie Austin and Tom Heaton in his England squad for the upcoming clashes with Ireland and Slovenia.
For the first two named, the call-ups capped unlikely and remarkable rises to prominence that began many, many layers down the Football League pyramid.
Vardy spent the first three years of his senior career at Stockbridge Park Steels in the eighth tier of the english game after being released by Sheffield Wednesday as a youngster.
Even as recently as the end of 2011/12 the 28-year-old had yet to taste Football League action for the first time.
Austin, meanwhile, was too small for Reading’s youth team by the age of 15 and arrived belatedly in the top four divisions in 2009/10, having first plied his trade at Hellenic League Division One East outfit Kintbury Rangers, then playing at the ninth level of the pyramid.
Now their long and winding roads to the Premier League have been rubber stamped with international recognition.
However, Vardy and Austin are advised to make hay while the sun shines, with the recent cap counts of Football League and Non League survivors who have achieved England call-ups suggesting their Three Lions flirtations may be brief.
Rickie Lambert was the most recent to come to the fore, gilding his rise from Beetroot bottler to England striker with a goal on his debut, but he seems unlikely to add to his 11 outings for the national team.
Nonetheless Lambert has enjoyed prolonged international exposure in relation to the likes of Nicky Shorey (two caps having started out at Leyton Orient), David Nugent (one cap) who begun his footballing life at Bury and former Gravesend and Northfleet ace Jimmy Bullard (one call up and zero caps).
Vardy is 67/100 to make less than 2.5 international appearances between now and Euro 2016, while Austin is just 1/2 to make less than 3.5.