Gareth Southgate certainly sprung plenty of surprises with his latest England squad selection. Marcus Bettinelli will make his maiden England voyage as one of three goalkeepers heading to Croatia then Spain for the next round of Nations League encounters.
The Fulham shot-stopper is far from the only potential debutant in the squad either. James Maddison and Jadon Sancho – currently plying his trade with Borussia Dortmund – make the cut for the first time, whilst Mason Mount becomes the first outfield player currently turning out in the Championship to be included in an England squad since Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha in 2012.
These picks prove that Southgate is not afraid to look further down the division and even into the second tier to find the players he wants for his Three Lions side. This also means that there’ll be plenty of other uncapped Premier League stars ruing the fact they’ve not been selected.
The likes of Wolves’ Conor Coady, Newcastle United’s talismanic captain Jamaal Lascelles and Arsenal’s in-form youngster Rob Holding may all regret having been beaten to the vacant centre-back berth by Brighton’s Lewis Dunk.
Equally, Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka will have longed for the opportunity to prove his suitability for Southgate’s wing-back system, whilst West Ham duo Declan Rice and Mark Noble have missed out on the chance to be the solution to England’s midfield riddle.
Finally, both Bournemouth hitman Callum Wilson and in-form Brighton striker Glenn Murray will not have this international break to prove themselves as viable Harry Kane alternatives.
What do you think, England fans – which of these uncapped Premier League aces is most deserving of a chance to represent his country at senior level?