Three games deep into the Premier League season and Swansea are the only side besides Chelsea still to boast an unblemished record.
Yet Roy Hodgson hasn’t chosen to blood so much as one of their English players in a latest England squad liberally dusted with new faces.
The irony of the situation has not been lost upon their manager Garry ‘Bulletproof’ Monk, who took it upon himself to burn his England counterpart accordingly after the Welsh side’s latest victory, saying:
I know he’s never been here to the Liberty Stadium to watch them as England manager and he’d have to come and watch us first before he can pick anyone.
At bwin.com the odds boffins see it as a 17/20 shot that a Swans player earns a cap for the Three Lions before the first of June 2015 and it’s a bet that really should cop, for a variety of reasons.
In Swansea’s 3-0 success over West Brom Nathan Dyer, Wayne Routledge and Jonjo Shelvey were each key protagonists.
They’re also somewhat rare cases in the fact that they are three Englishmen starting virtually every week in the Premier League.
Deeply schooled in the footballing philosophy that Brendan Rodgers has since exported to Liverpool with such great success, the Swans forwards could also be expected to compliment the Anfield contingent well for the national side.
While a glut of English wide attackers are in competition with Dyer and Routledge, the continued overlooking of Shelvey is particularly baffling.
In a post Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard midfield landscape, Hodgson was moved to offer first call-ups to players of such moderate ilk as Jack Colback and Fabian Delph for the tussle with Norway as he attempts to establish a new pecking order.
However, Shelvey’s exotic range of passing is eerily reminiscent of his one time Liverpool colleague Gerrard, who the England manager was pleased to use alongside Jordan Henderson at the World Cup.