Ryan Shawcross is likely going to have to settle with enjoying Euro 2016 purely as a spectator, with Roy Hodgson unlikely to call up the Stoke City defender.
The 28-year-old only has one England cap to his name, despite winning many plaudits at the Britannnia Stadium, and he thinks he knows why this is.
Speaking to The Telegraph, the imposing Stoke defender said: “I’m the butt of the joke in my family, just because the 10 minutes I had in international football was ruined by one man.
“They are consistently saying that Zlatan ruined my career! I had a chance and I don’t think many other defenders have stopped him.
“I was given 10 minutes to show what I could do and probably didn’t provide a good enough performance.
“I was against one of the best strikers in the world who was on a hot streak at the time and these things happen.”
Further reflecting on his lack of appearances for the Three Lions, he stated: “It’s just the way football is, some managers like players that others don’t.
“At the moment it’s either that he doesn’t think I’m up to it or the lads he’s picking are better than me. That’s fine.
“Is that unfair? Yes, but it’s a ruthless game.”
He is of course referring to the long-range bicycle kick England conceded on his debut, but blaming the Zlatan incident entirely for his omission is unfair as the number of quality English centre backs are the real reason.
Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, John Stones, Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka are all above the Stoke man in the pecking order and Roy Hodgson is famously loyal to the players who helped ensure qualification to Euro 2016.
The claim that favouritism is stopping Shawcross from getting in is also unfair and examining English defenders on a purely statistical basis reflects this.
When looking at percentage of tackles won: James Tomkins, Smalling, Craig Dawson and Stones are the best Englishmen that could play centre back.
In terms of average number of blocks in a match: Scott Dann, Cahill and Jagielka all outdo Shawcross.