The inclusion of Manchester United tyro Marcus Rashford provided the biggest talking point at the unveiling of England’s 26-man preliminary squad for Euro 2016.
An uncharacteristically offensive party has been selected by Roy Hodgson, with just three centre-backs – Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill and John Stones – included, with Tottenham Hotspur anchorman Eric Dier presumably on hand to provide provide emergency cover.
Elsewhere, Hodgson, whom it appears moonlights from his England manager role as president of the Andros Townsend fan club, has recalled his favourite left-winger in world football, while Jordan Henderson and Jack Wilshere have also been included despite their respective fitness issues.
In terms of who has been left out, perennial tournament cut-misser Theo Walcott can look forward to a long summer holiday, as can Andy Carroll and Phil Jagielka.
With three keepers called up, Joe Hart, Fraser Forster and Tom Heaton’s places on the plane are ironclad, as are those of the seven defenders in the provisional squad.
It seems almost certain then that the three players who will be trimmed from the initial 26 will come from the midfield and attacking echelons of the squad, so while Rashford’s inclusion is sure to hog the headlines, the reality is he’ll colleagues to succumb to injury before in order to make the final 23.
With so many midfielders picked, it seems equally likely that Fabian Delph and Danny Drinkwater will be chaperoning the Red Devils youngster home early.
The fragility of Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge, in particular, means none of those making up the numbers need abandon the notion they won’t be going to the Euros, but the chances of the greatest fitness risks making the starting XI for England’s opener with Russia are remote, meaning ancillary roles are the best they can hope for.
Having played an integral role in his side’s winning the Premier League title in a season where Wilshere has been predominantly a spectator, such a fate would be particularly harsh on Drinkwater, while Delph has a right to feel aggrieved having featured prominently throughout qualifying.
Despite the intonations of unfairness, however, the situation underlines the depth available to Hodgson and England, which must add value to the 9/2 about the Three Lions reaching Euro 2016 semi-finals.