Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale have been included in England’s squad for upcoming Nations League friendlies with Italy and Germany.
The matches represent the last chance for Gareth Southgate to run the rule over candidates for the World Cup so their inclusion bodes well for them.
Conversely, both Ben White and Emile Smith Rowe have missed out again.
Neither was selected for the four fixtures played in June with White struggling for fitness at the end of a long season and Smith Rowe instead featuring for the under-21s.
Given Smith Rowe is injured, it’s no surprise to learn he’ll be spending the Interlull at London Colney but White, who has played a lot of football this season, now appears to be behind the likes of Conor Coady and Eric Dier.
No doubt he’ll be frustrated, especially as he believes he’s come a long way in the year since he joined the Gunners from Brighton.
Reflecting on how much he’s grown, he told Arsenal.com: “A lot as a person; I think more as a person than a player. When you come to such a big club like this, there’s a lot more to it than you’d think.
“As a player, I’ve become more confident and been showing the confidence put in me, and trying to perform to the level that the manager wants every week is something that I’m looking forward to.”
Given the hectic schedule coming up for players across the Premier League, anything can happen on the injury front. White will need to keep his head down, work hard and hope the chips fall in his favour.
Full England squad
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Nottingham Forest, loan from Manchester United), Nick Pope (Newcastle United), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Everton, loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Marc Guéhi (Crystal Palace), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Declan Rice (West Ham United), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
Forwards: Tammy Abraham (AS Roma), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Chelsea), Ivan Toney (Brentford)