Last night, Brendan Rodgers hinted that Daniel Sturridge was set to be left out of the England squad. Earlier in the week, he suggested that even if the striker were to make a cameo appearance against West Brom on the weekend, he wouldn't be fully match fit and shouldn't join up with the national team.
Pretty much everyone assumed Roy Hodgson and England would pick him anyhow, at the very least so that England's medical team could sign off on him really not being fit enough to play a role against San Marino and Estonia. Today, though, we have found out who has been called up, and somewhat shockingly, Sturridge on the list.
Liverpool send four players to the England squad for October, the same number as last month, but the striker isn't amongst them. The man replacing him, at least from a Liverpool point of view, is Adam Lallana, who was not fit last time around. He will be joined by the usual suspects: Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, and Rickie Lambert.
Henderson and Sterling are no surprise, and neither is Lallana given he's been Liverpool's best player since returning to full fitness, but it's a mild surprise that there is still room for Lambert given how little he has played so far this season and that he has made no impact when he has. Of potential interest to Liverpool fans, Jonjo Shelvey has also been called up.
England host San Marino on Thursday, October 9th at 7:45PM BST before travelling to face Estonia for a rare Sunday qualifier on October 12th at 5PM BST.