It would have been a wonderful opportunity to give a first full cap to Jon Ebsworth, voted goalkeeper of the junior event, to include the captain Brett Garrard, already a full international, and introduce Adrian Simons, England's leading goalscorer who was on form last Sunday with a hat-trick for Southgate against Teddington.
Fordham was also on form for Hounslow at the weekend, being the architect of their 6-1 win over Teddington, in addition to scoring twice. It could be he is being punished for a string of temporary suspensions for England. However, this season Fordham's behaviour and form for Hounslow have been exemplary.
With next year's World Cup in Utrecht barely six months away, a first- class opportunity to experiment has been wasted. Nine of the squad remain from the Atlanta Olympics and several hardly seem likely to be contenders for the World Cup.