Wolverhampton Wanderers fans sounded their disappointment on Twitter following the news Benik Afobe wouldn't be a part of the England Under-21 squad heading to the Czech Republic for the 2015 UEFA European Championship finals.
Afobe was named in Gareth Southgate’s provisional 27-man group, but like Eric Dier, Patrick Bamford and Cauley Woodrow, who also made the 27-man squad, will miss out.
The 22-year-old scored 32 goals in 51 games this season, including 13 in 21 Championship matches following his move from Arsenal. However, he couldn’t win a place over the impressive attacking trio of Harry Kane, Saido Berahino and Danny Ings.
Wolves fans were left stunned by the decision, with one suggesting he should have gone over Ings, but were largely happy that it minimised the chances of him getting injured ahead of next season.
Here's the best of the reaction on Twitter:
Most people will probably think im stupid but I'd have picked @Afobe_ over ings. Afobe has been on fire this season— Jack Cattell (@Iamkettle) June 2, 2015
So Afobe doesn't make the cut for the England under 21 squad, haha ok.— Stephen jeavons (@Redlime23) June 2, 2015
No Afobe in the England U21 squad? Okay then, you're an idiot Southgate. But keeps him fully rested to destroy the Championship next year!— Robert Kostur (@Robbo_WWFC) June 2, 2015
Although it will be difficult for the former Arsenal striker to accept, the competition for places up front was at a very high standard.
All three strikers all got into double figures for Premier League goals, while the Wolves striker has spent half the season playing in League One.
The call-up to the provisional squad should give the youngster a boost ahead of next season and should he return in the same or better form, it won’t be long before Roy Hodgson sits up and takes note for him to be a potential part of the senior squad.