After his latest omission from the England squad, speculation is mounting that Glen Johnson is taking his ball and going home, leaving a trail of toys discarded from his pram in his wake.
Yes, the Liverpool man is considering quitting the Three Lions as a younger generation of right-backs emerge onto the international scene.
Arsenal’s Calum Chambers and Nathaniel Clyne of Southampton are who Roy Hodgson wants manning the starboard side of his backline against Slovenia and Scotland, which doesn’t bode well 30-year-old Johnson.
Big deal, will be the initial reaction of the legions of haters cruising on the wordily-christened ‘Glen Johnson is one of the most overrated players around’ bandwagon, ‘England will be better off without him.’
But the Liverpool man still has bucketloads to offer and life for the Croydon Commandant would be that bit simpler were one of the most consistent performers (consistently good, save the gags) of his troubled reign at his beck and call.
As the detractors trip over themselves to point out that England have won every game Johnson hasn’t participated in this season, nor have they conceded a goal, take a second to consider the alternatives.
But San Marino, Estonia and, arguably, Norway wouldn’t have scored if those matches were still being contested this very second, while the Three Lions, as good as they were in Basel, had the luxury of facing a Switzerland team in transition, rendering victory all the more attainable.
The lack of adventure and ineptitude in possession exemplified by heirs to the throne John Stones and Calum Chambers in these matches suggests there is no successor ready to fill Johnson’s boots just yet.
Both fledgling defenders, for all the talent they undoubtedly possess, would prefer to play in other positions and deploying them at right-back against the superior international outfits would lead to ruthless exploitation.
Long-term absentee Kyle Walker should be ahead of the pair in the pecking order, but the Tottenham flier is criticised for harbouring all the same flaws as Johnson.
An over-eagerness to attack and poor positional awareness leads to frequent chastisement of the son of Sheffield and those who want to see the back of his Liverpool counterpart can’t be picturing the grass with a stronger pigment of green with Walker as the incumbent.