Roy Hodgson’s late SOS call to Kieran Gibbs has cost the Arsenal star a chance to impress in an England shirt.
The Arsenal full-back was contacted by Hodgson over the weekend as the England coach searched for a replacement for Ryan Bertrand, who had to pull out of the squad through injury on Thursday.
But Gibbs, 26, was in America after being given permission by Arsenal to have a short holiday, leaving Hodgson with just one left-back, Danny Rose, in his squad.
Just why it took England three days to make the call to Gibbs remains to be seen. They were aware they would not be able to call upon the services of Southampton’s Bertrand early last week.
Rose, who impressed on his debut in the 3-2 win at Germany, will now have a chance to further stake his claim to be on the flight to France in the summer when England take on Holland at Wembley on Tuesday night.
The missed opportunity could be a huge blow to Gibbs’ chances of making the final squad for Euro 2016.
Rose, Bertrand, Man Utd’s Luke Shaw and Everton’s Leighton Baines are all hoping to be on the plane in May.