Roy Hodgson has no intention of playing it safe when England launches its World Cup qualifying campaign next week, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Butland to be named in the squad to face Moldova and Ukraine.
Hodgson has enjoyed a relatively stress-free start to life as Three Lions boss.
His willingness to engage with England's younger-age teams, including the Under-17s, which he spoke to before this week's 3-2 defeat by
However, now judgment will be made swiftly and failure to reach the 2014 World Cup in
The 65-year-old is not going the conservative route, though, and the two youngest members of his EURO
Yet Oxlade-Chamberlain's omission from the Arsenal starting line-up at Stoke on this weekend merely underlines the major problem Hodgson is facing.
Of the 23 men who were on duty for the Three Lions at EURO
Given Sunderland new boy
It creates a complicated picture as Hodgson pieces together the two squads into some form of cohesive group for those matches against
Hodgson had already pledged to restore most of his old guard, who he left out of the Berne triumph.
However, since he made that statement,
Rooney's absence will be keenly felt as
The latter man's future also needs to be resolved, although at least this will have been done by the time Hodgson's squad reports for duty on Monday.
Hodgson will gain further solace from the knowledge one of England's better recent performances came against
However, it is hardly an ideal situation and evidently not confined to one area of England's squad.
Fifteen years after their famous clash in Saint-Etienne, former