Former Germany international Dietmar Hamann, a World Cup finalist in 2002 and an elite-level midfielder who won 59 caps, has asked why two "special" talents are not starting for England when they are so gifted that they "would go straight into Germany's team right now."
Hamann is talking about Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling and Everton forward Ross Barkley, both of whom were named amongst the substitutes bench for England's international friendly match against Peru at Wembley Stadium on Friday, May 30.
Adam Lallana, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge were selected in a four-man attack, yet Hamann - a Premier League athlete for 11 years with Newcastle United, Liverpool and Manchester City - believes manager Roy Hodgson has to choose between one of Rooney and Sturridge.
Germany have competition in their own attacking areas as Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, Thomas Muller, Andre Schurrle, Mario Gotze, Marco Reus, Julian Draxler and Miroslav Klose all vie for starting roles.
The fact that Hamann rates Sterling and Barkley on - at least - an equal pedestal as the aforementioned stars, shows just how highly members of the football industry from the continent rate the young Lions.
As Hodgson has not named either of them in his starting XI against Peru, will he be pressured into doing so against Ecuador on June 4?
If England's team tonight is team in their first game of WC I'd be worried. No Lallana or Barkley. Roy can't play with Rooney and Sturridge.— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) May 30, 2014
Excuse me tweeps,Lallana is starting,but Woy still needs to choose between Sturridge and Rooney.— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) May 30, 2014
Sterling and Barkley are the two of the most promising players in Europe. They have to play if England want to go anywhere in the World Cup.— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) May 30, 2014
Sterling and Barkley would go straight into Germany's team right now. They must have half a chance getting into England's. They are special.— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) May 30, 2014