The injury to David Beckham's Achilles on Sunday playing for AC Milan has dealt the England World Cup Squad the seemingly usual negative of losing an important player before the biggest of international tournaments.
Beckham's place in the starting 11 of the current England team has not been assured for some time. Fabio Capello appears to be a big fan of Theo Walcott, and to be fair, the young Arsenal flyer has done well for England and is returning to form with Arsenal.
However, Beckham's place in the World Cup squad did appear to be a certainty with his experience, leadership, and dead ball skill on the pitch, a valuable asset for Capello.
The good news is that the England manager does have time to survey his options and decide who should replace Beckham in the World Cup squad and as an alternative to Walcott.
If you look at the makeup of the England World Cup squad and who is pretty much guaranteed to be in it, it would appear that the contenders to take Beckham's place in the squad are battling it out for one spot.
Here is my list of top contenders to fill the winger positions that are not likely to already be in the squad.