When Michail Antonio was called up by then England manager Sam Allardyce many welcomed the move.
Antonio is a man in form for West Ham despite the rest of his club side floundering, and so it was refreshing to see a player picked on form rather than reputation for the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia a little while ago.
The former Nottingham Forest man did not, however, feature and so he had to wait for this international break to see if he’d make his Three Lions debut.
A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then, of course. Allardyce has been dismissed whilst Gareth Southgate has come in as an interim boss. Antonio, even with the chopping and changing, was still called up, though, but once again failed to get any game time with many wanting to see him on the pitch.
He’s been arguably one of the best English players in the Premier League this season and yet he didn’t get a minute, leaving fans up in arms on Twitter, here are some of the best reactions…
What's the point in taking @Michailantonio , if you ain't gunna play him! Play him he will deliver.
— Jack Sullivan (@jsullivanwhu) October 11, 2016
Feeling sorry for you bro @Michailantonio your the leading English top scorer in the prem and can't even get 5 minutes for England. So sad????
— danny✨ (@KingAntxnio) October 11, 2016
Michail Antonio is the top English scorer this season.
Rightfully earned a chance but still doesn't get minutes on the pitch.
— Uber West Ham (@UberWestHam) October 11, 2016
Seriously…will @Michailantonio get a chance for England? He's scored 5 goals this season. Give him a shot
— Alasdair Hooper (@adjhooper1992) October 11, 2016
Obviously the last thing this England team need is a goalscoring wide player like Michail Antonio !
Where would he fit in this glory XI ?
— Hector (@WHU_Hector) October 11, 2016
Dissapointed not to see @Michailantonio not get a chance. Next time hopefully COYI.
— Andrew Van Ackeren (@andy10265) October 12, 2016
Imagine struggling for goals against Malta and Slovenia and giving no minutes to your nations top goalscorer this season @Michailantonio
— Green St. Hammers (@GreenStHammers) October 11, 2016