England coach Gareth Southgate announced his 26-man squad for the 2022 World Cup on Thursday.
Tottenham's Harry Kane headlines a forward line that also includes Manchester City's Jack Grealish and Phil Foden.
Brentford's Ivan Toney and Roma's Tammy Abraham were among the notable omissions in the attack. Southgate's decision to leave out AC Milan center back Fiyako Tomori is bound to generate discussion as well.
For some supporters, declining to take Tomori while including Manchester United's Harry Maguire simply doesn't make sense.
Maguire has a decided edge in experience at the club and national team levels, which can be valuable to have at a major tournament. The 29-year-old has also been out of form dating back to last year.
If you're going purely on merit, then it's difficult to overlook Tomori:
Southgate called Maguire "one of our best center backs."
"We've picked our more experienced defenders, and we think at this moment in time, the younger ones have got some really good qualities but we don't think they've quite done enough to push the more experienced ones out," he told reporters.
Southgate could've kept Maguire by having Tomori take the place of Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier instead. Dier's error directly leading to a goal for Mohamed Salah in a 2-1 loss to Liverpool symbolized how inconsistent he has been lately.
Right back was one area where Southgate was spared from having to make a difficult choice.
Chelsea defender Reece James announced Wednesday a knee injury will force him to miss the World Cup. That all but guaranteed a place in the England squad for Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Alexander-Arnold is one of the best attacking fullbacks in the world, but his defensive contributions have brought deserved criticism this season. In recent weeks, it looked like his World Cup status was in flux.
Expectations for England couldn't be much higher as the Three Lions prepare for their trip to Qatar. Finishing fourth at the 2018 World Cup and reaching the Euro 2020 final has many believing this could be the year the country returns to the apex of international soccer.
A 4-0 loss to Hungary in June followed by a 1-0 loss to Italy and a 3-3 draw with Germany in September have tempered the optimism for some, though. The pressure will be on Southgate to deliver because his tenure may not survive an early exit.