With Adam Johnson in the form of his life at the moment for Sunderland it seemed a given that he'd be included in Roy Hodgson's squad for the friendly against Denmark this coming week.
Suggestions he should go to the World Cup seem premature, but at the very least his form has deserved a call up for a friendly where new players ought to be looked at.
However the news was delivered yesterday by Hodgson that Johnson wasn't part of this thinking for the Danish encounter. Not among the 30 players he deemed fit to take a look at.
It certainly was a surprise, but Hodgson insists that Johnson still had a chance to play his part;
This is not the 30 from which the 23 will absolutely be chosen. It is possible for players who are not in there to push in. That is the message I'm keen to put over.
This is the squad I have chosen for now. Andy Carroll has hardly played since his injury, Adam Johnson is a player we know and because of the competition we have decided not include him in this squad. The same with Gareth Barry.
Certainly we hope it inspires Johnson to keep up his good form, maybe even push it further and there'd be no bigger f--k you to Hodgson than turning in a monster performance this Sunday in the Capital One cup final at Wembley Stadium.
In reality it appears to me that this is just lip-service from Hodgson. He clearly has his favourites in the likes of Tom Cleverely and Andros Townsend, both of whom have had disappointing seasons but play for the bigger clubs.
Still, here's hoping Adam doesn't lose heart over this latest snub and uses it as a platform to show Hodgson how wrong he is.