Injury at a crucial time saw others overtake him in Hoddle's thinking after he was No 2 to Seaman 15 months ago and played in home match against Italy. Only one of 29-man squad not to play last week; this might be Hoddle's least difficult decision.
His promise is unquestionable and he will go on to serve England well. Youth and inexperience count against him this time; it is different for defenders by comparison with young attackers whose mistakes are not so severely punished. Japan 2002 beckons.
Probably a better footballer than Andy Hinchcliffe in the left wing-back position but England's need is for a left-footed crosser of the ball from there and he does not offer that option. Another who has time on his side.
Could be seen as valuable cover for either David Batty or Paul Ince but if England are to go on and challenge seriously for the title, they need more creative attacking players and it is to be hoped that Glenn Hoddle is bold enough with his selection.
So close. The re-emergence of Tottenham's Darren Anderton has not done him any favours, nor a mediocre season with Newcastle, and he could well be sidelined despite having been with Hoddle for much of the coach's tenure.
Looked neither fully fit nor impressive in the game against Belgium; it could have been different had a linesman's infuriatingly wrong flag not denied him a goal. It would be a shame, though, if his last act in an England shirt was to have a penalty saved.Reuse content