The England Under-21 camp has revealed that West Brom striker Saido Berahino has suffered an ankle injury that will rule him out of this summer's European Under-21 Championships in the Czech Republic.
With the first match kicking off tonight when England take on Portugal, Gareth Southgate has moved quickly to call up Wolves' former Arsenal attacker Benik Afobe to the squad.
Though Tottenham's Harry Kane and new Liverpool forward Danny Ings will be expected to shoulder most of the goalscoring burden of the Under-21 camp, Afobe's selection has delighted many who thought that he should have been in the squad in the first place.
The 22-year-old has had a spectacular year, finishing as one of the top scoring players across all divisions after netting 19 goals in 30 matches in a loan spell at MK Dons, and then being sold by Arsenal to Wolves in January, where he went on to score another 13 goals.
Afobe has just two Under-21 caps for England, though has managed to score for his country at that level, and will be coming in for the Baggies star striker Berahino, who himself scored 20 goals in the recent campaign. With 11 goals in 12 Under-21 matches, he will be a big miss in the Czech Republic.
Afobe himself took to Twitter to thank fans for their well wishes after his news.
Thanks for the messages. Looking forward to meeting up with @England 21s. First game's tonight v Portugal. Come on the boys!— Benik Afobé (@Afobe_) June 18, 2015
Below are a selection of tweets others posted regarding Afobe's call up to replace Berahino:
@Afobe_ Good luck, convinced you'll make a big impression— Jim Proudfoot (@JimProudfoot) June 18, 2015
In all fairness, based on form, Afobe should've been in from the start— Westwoood (@saaam_6) June 18, 2015
Watch Benik Afobe do a madness for England U21's— robinho (@liam93b) June 18, 2015
I LIKE BERAHINO BUT SOMEONE HAD TO MAKE WAY FOR YOU @Afobe_ KING. ITS STILL MAGICIAL .— Paapa (@Ohene_agyeman) June 18, 2015
Buzzing that the formers MK Dons player @Afobe_ has been called up for the England u21's to play in the tournament— Nia Woodward (@NiaWoodward) June 18, 2015
Why wasn't Afobe in the squad over Woodrow anyway?— Danny Murray (@D_Murray2) June 18, 2015
Such a shame for Berahino, he deserved to be apart of that squad shame injury rules him out #wba— Daniel Smith (@smith_83_Dan) June 18, 2015
I'm actually seeing people say Afobe is better than Berahino... Oh dear oh dear #wba— Danny Wright (@dannywright_92) June 18, 2015
Kane > Ings > Berahino > Afobe > Bamford > Woodrow.— sam (@SammyyMillward) June 18, 2015