Roy Hodgson's squad for England's friendly internationals against Germany and the Netherlands later this month was announced on Thursday, and for Newcastle United fans there were two conspicuous absences.
Stand-in Magpies captain Jonjo Shelvey, who has impressed since joining the club in a £12 million deal from Swansea City in January, was omitted despite having won three of his four senior caps earlier this season whilst playing for the Welsh club.
Meanwhile, Andros Townsend, who also arrived at St. James' Park for a £12 million fee in January, from Tottenham Hotspur, has also been left out despite featuring for the Three Lions in the 3-0 win over Lithuania in October.
Townsend's exclusion is perhaps understandable, with the winger having failed to make a single appearance in over three months before making his Newcastle debut at the start of last month.
However, the 24-year-old has been in fine form since making the move to the North East, and having earned call-ups whilst appearing mainly as a substitute for Spurs he may feel aggrieved at missing out now that he is playing regular football.
Meanwhile, Shelvey's omission is one which has already been met with a great deal of debate, with the midfielder having been a regular starter for both the Magpies and the Swans this season.
Reacting on Twitter to the news, many Newcastle fans were outraged by the decision to overlook their pair of January signings.
I bet the only reason Andros Townsend wasn't chosen was because he now plays for Newcastle. Hodgson doesn't like struggling clubs— Jack Toulson (@JackToulson12) March 17, 2016
@england no shelvey or townsend? Got to look at individuals instead of teams.— Ian Lavery Jnr (@ianlavery11) March 17, 2016
WHERE'S SHELVEY?!— Jake Green (@jakegreen03) March 17, 2016
Can't believe Shelvey hasn't been picked!!— Callum Sharp (@Callumsharp10) March 17, 2016
Absolute joke that Shelvey isn't in the England squad— a n d y (@Andeh_N) March 17, 2016
A bit shocked to be honest that Jonjo Shelvey didn't get a call up, Yes Newcastle are flopping and all that but still he is a top player— ConnorMRodney (@FanboyHaterCR22) March 17, 2016
However, for others the double omission was nothing to be concerned about, with some suggesting that the duo did not deserve to get into the squad ahead of other English stars.
Seen people say Shelvey deserves a call up... just no!— Michael Middleton (@MichaelMidd90) March 17, 2016
Have`nt done anything to deserve a place Lee. Townsend needs to show some form & Shelvey needs to do more away https://t.co/WrtkJB0nyq— Ray Cunningham (@RayC1945) March 17, 2016
All good news, Shelvey & Townsend bang average & shouldn't be anywhere near the squad. Noble overrated https://t.co/JIDAQ9Tpyw— Dan Groom (@DanGroom22) March 17, 2016
From a purely selfish point of view, I'm glad Townsend and Shelvey haven't been called up. Means they can't get injured. #nufc— Scott Barclay (@ScottBarclay6) March 17, 2016
Just as well Shelvey and Townsend haven't been picked for this England squad. We're gonna need them in particular for our survival hopes— Joe (@Joeeeeeee_96) March 17, 2016