One passtime that England fans appear to enjoy partaking in to fill the void between the end of the domestic season and the start of the World Cup is examining the players who have been left at home by other countries.
Specifically, marvelling at the strength in depth of rival nations, poring over the men who will be watching this summer’s showcase in Russia on television and making a comparison by them and the standard of the players the Three Lions will be taking.
It is of course a futile comparison; the standard of Spain or France’s reserves has absolutely no bearing on Gareth Southgate’s ability to formulate a gameplan to overcome them and spring a surprise, but it does serve to show how much elite talent other countries have by comparison.
The pool of players the Spanish will take to Russia does not include Chelsea playmaker Cesc Fabregas – valued at £31.5m by Transfermarkt – and we’re asking you whether that was the correct decision.
Should the former Barcelona man have made the cut or does the strength of Spain’s midfield options; including Andres Iniesta, David Silva, Sergio Busquets and the rest, mean that Julen Lopetegui got it right?
Let us know by voting in the poll below and keep your eyes peeled for the results in coming weeks…