There are many great players who will be watching from home as their national teams do battle in South Africa this summer.
Argentina coach and World Cup legend Diego Maradonna caused a stir by leaving out experienced duo Esteban Cambiasso and Javier Zanetti.
French coach Raymond Domenech's popularity has sunk to an all-time low after he decided to leave out Real Madrid's €30 million striker Karim Benzema.
Bert Van Marwijk evidently felt that his Dutch squad would be no less of a threat without prodigious striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy.
Perhaps the most surprising news, however, came from Brazil, where coach Dunga chose work ethic over wizardry.
Will he come to regret leaving behind dynamic Serie A duo Alexandre Pato and Ronaldinho.
Here in England, Fabio Capello's initial selection of 30 players threw up far fewer surprises.
Perhaps asking Jamie Carragher to exit international retirement is a bit of nonsense given that the Liverpool defender has had a mediocre campaign in a struggling team.
Is Ledley King's inclusion wishful thinking, with the Spurs defender unable to train most days due to his recurring knee injury?
In fact, King is one of six Tottenham players who were selected to prove to the manager that they can be an important part of a successful squad.
While none of these players have cemented their place in England's starting 11, they are full of confidence on the back of securing their team's first ever Champions League showing.
On Tuesday 1 June, after a week's high-altitude training in Austria, the intelligent Italian will announce to the nation which seven players he has decided to leave behind.
Will Capello decide that he cannot do without Michael Dawson's commitment, Jermain Defoe's sharpness and Aaron Lennon's pace?
Here I take a look at the chances of Tottenham's English contingent of making the final 23.