A potential snub for Dimitri Payet at international level will underline an embarrassment of riches for host nation France ahead of Euro 2016.
Manager Didier Deschamps was quoted by The Mirror refusing to rule out picking the West Ham winger, but admitting the former Marseille man faced an uphill battle to make it into his squad.
Payet has been in outstanding form since signing for the Hammers, a shoe-in for their player of the year award, carrying on the dazzling performances he displayed in Ligue 1.
France's loss would be West Ham's gain, and here are two key reasons why...
More rest, faster start next season
What could be better than star man Payet getting a full summer to rest up after his superb efforts this season?
The winger will avoid any risk of injury at international level, and potentially get next season off to a perfect start in the club's new home.
They would not want to be worrying about whether to play Payet in their Olympic Stadium opener because he has not had enough rest, and whether he will be at his very best.
With a full summer to rest up, there will surely be no concerns, and the fans should come flocking in to see the Frenchman.
Less likely to see unwanted transfer speculation
What would happen if Payet starred for France and led them to win Euro 2016?
It's likely there would be more speculative links to the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, regardless of his new contract extension.
Strong performances at the tournament could stir a hornet's nest of interest in the winger, and keeping him at home will ensure he remains under wraps, and another international star can step up and take the adulation and become the summer's hottest transfer property.