England's World Cup squad was not the only one to contain a couple of notable absentees, in the form of Ashley Cole and Michael Carrick.
Former Three Lions boss Fabio Capello has been creating similar headlines over in Russia where he now manages, and has illustrated he will not be picking players on reputation.
The Italian announced Russia's preliminary 30-man World Cup squad yesterday, and there was no place for former Arsenal record signing Andrei Arshavin.
Arshavin signed for Arsenal in 2009 but failed to live up to expectation and was released last summer where he signed for Zenit St Petersburg. At 32, this omission means he will likely finish his career having never played at a World Cup.
He has scored four goals and delivered eight assists in 34 games for Zenit this season.
Roman Pavlyuchenko, who never really settled at Tottenham, has netted just six goals in 24 games for Lokomotiv Moscow this season.
Russia's preliminary World Cup squad:
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Yury Lodygin (Zenit St Petersburg), Sergei Ryzhikov (Rubin Kazan).
Defenders: Alexander Anyukov (Zenit St Petersburg), Alexei Berezutsky, Vasily Berezutsky , Sergei Ignashevich , Georgy Shchennikov (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat, Alexei Kozlov (Dinamo Moscow), Andrei Yeshchenko (Anzhi Makhachkala), Dmitry Kombarov (Spartak Moscow) Andrei Semenov (Terek).
Midfielders: Igor Denisov, Yury Zhirkov (Dinamo Moscow), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Yury Gazinsky, Roman Shirokov (FC Krasnodar), Denis Glushakov (Spartak Moscow), Pavel Mogilevets (Rubin Kazan), Viktor Faizulin, Oleg Shatov (Zenit St- Petersburg).
Forwards: Vladimir Bystrov (Anzhi Makhachkala) , Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit St Petersburg), Artem Dzyuba (Rostov), Alexei Ionov, Alexander Kokorin (Dinamo Moscow), Maxim Kanunnikov (Amkar Perm), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading), Alexander Samedov (Lokomotiv Moscow)