Rio Ferdinand has risked incurring the wrath of Kyle Walker as he left the Manchester City star out of his proposed England squad for Euro 2020.
Gareth Southgate is set to name his 26-man squad later this month, ahead of friendlies with Austria and Romania.
England will then kick-off their European Championships campaign against Croatia at Wembley, before games with Scotland and Czech Republic.
Despite that game against Croatia now less than one month away, there are still serious question marks over a number of spots in Southgate’s squad.
One of the most hotly debated of those is at right-back, with the England boss set to select between a host of impressive options.
Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold was left out of the most recent squad amid suggestions he had failed to replicate his club form on the international stage.
However, under Jurgen Klopp, Alexander-Arnold has rediscovered his best form with four assists and a goal in his last seven Premier League appearances.
And that form has persuaded Ferdinand to name the 22-year-old instead of Walker, despite the latter playing a key role in Man City’s title triumph.
"Walker I think would be the unlucky one in my squad, and he'd have really good grounds to ring me up and give me a piece of his mind," he told BT Sport. "I like youth, I want to give youth a chance.
"I'm looking ahead as well, not just this tournament. This has been a bit of a weird lead up – I'm looking at this as almost a free hit for someone like Gareth.
"You can introduce some young players, give them experience, really expose them to what a tournament is like."
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Elsewhere, Everton’s Ben Godfrey is a shock inclusion, having yet to make his senior bow.
Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood is also handed a place in Ferdinand’s squad, with the youngster rediscovering his best form at the perfect time of the season.
Rio Ferdinand’s 26-man England squad: Pickford, Henderson, Pope; Alexander-Arnold, James, Stones, Maguire, Keane, Godfrey, Shaw, Chilwell; Grealish, Mount, Rice, Bellingham, J.Henderson, Phillips, Foden, Saka, Maddison; Kane, Sterling, Rashford, Sancho, Calvert-Lewin, Greenwood.
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