The Magpies winger was included in the preliminary 26-man squad but has been left out of the final group.
The news for which many Newcastle United fans had perhaps been bracing themselves arrived on Tuesday afternoon as it was confirmed that Andros Townsend has been cut from the final England squad for Euro 2016 next month.
Since moving to St. James' Park from Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window the winger has been in impressive form for the relegated side, scoring four goals in 11 appearances.
He had been rewarded for his displays with a recall to the England set-up by being named in Roy Hodgson's 26-man preliminary squad for the tournament in France, and played 14 minutes as a substitute in the 2-1 win over Australia on Friday.
However, with Hodgson needing to cut three players from his final squad, the former Spurs man has been one of the three unfortunate stars to be left out, along with Leicester City man Danny Drinkwater and Manchester City's Fabian Delph.
It will be a huge blow for Townsend, who has scored three goals in 11 caps for the England senior side but has never featured at the finals of a major tournament.
Understandably, many Newcastle fans were furious with the omission of the man who has become a firm fan favourite at St. James' Park.
Trying not to sound like a biased Newcastle fan, but dropping Townsend has really left me scratching my head. 1 winger in the entire squad— Jonny Ord (@Jonnyord1730) May 31, 2016
Call me biased but I disagree with the decision to drop Townsend, offers England something different— Alex⚫️⚪️ (@absonalex) May 31, 2016
Dropping Townsend was the wrong decision— Ben Matthews. (@BenMatthews21) May 31, 2016
Townsend should be in squad over Barkley all day long! Apart from that I would agree with the rest— Nb (@hoodstah) May 31, 2016
Gutted for Townsend. But if you aren't a big name player or dont play for a top club then you don't stand a chance. Townsend>Sterling al day— Andrew Haynes (@AndrewHaynes94) May 31, 2016
Townsend should be in before Sterling. England's loss is our gain #nufc— Michael Hood (@mickthehood) May 31, 2016
However, for other Magpies supporters there was a clear light at the end of the tunnel, with the hope that the fact their star man will be out of the spotlight this summer will mean he is still at St. James' Park when the transfer window closes soon after the start of the Championship season.
No Townsend in the England team means he won't spend the summer in the shop window! Far more important he remains at #NUFC for me!— Ian Gregory (@iangregory70) May 31, 2016
Gutted for Townsend but at least he's out of the biggest shop window this summer #NUFC— Craig Thompson (@CraigThompson30) May 31, 2016