Sol Campbell, recovering from shoulder surgery and Darren Anderton, injured at the time the squad was named, will both miss out on Saturday’s historical clash against Germany — the final game at Wembley — and next week’s trip to Finland in World Cup qualifying.
Ironically Anderton has made a speedy recovery since damaging his groin in early September, returned to first-team action at Leeds on Saturday and would have been able to play if selected.
Meanwhile three potential Under-21 stars all miss out on England’s European Championship qualifiers against Germany and Finland. Luke Young is still struggling with a foot injury, Anthony Gardner has just returned to full training after a thigh problem and Ledley King only has one full reserve team game under his belt after breaking his foot in May.
That leaves our only England representative as Under-19 midfielder John Jackson, pictured right. He travels to Italy with England Under-18s for European Championship matches against Andorra, Faroe Islands and Italy.
As usual there are plenty of first-team players on international duty. Stephen Carr travels to Portugal with the Republic of Ireland on Saturday before returning home to face Estonia next Wednesday, October 11.
Team-mates could face each other next Wednesday as Sergei Rebrov’s Ukraine meet Steffen Iversen and Oyvind Leonhardsen’s Norway. Before that, Rebrov is in Armenia with Ukraine on Saturday while Iversen and Leonhardsen are closer to home with a match in Wales.
Goalkeeper Neil Sullivan is on his travels with Scotland to San Marino on Saturday and Croatia next Wednesday.
Despite the England absentees we are well represented at Under-21 level. Young goalkeeper James Attwell, pictured left, just 18, joins Simon Davies in the Welsh Under-21 squad for matches against Norway on Friday and Poland next Tuesday.
Gary Doherty hooks up with the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad for Friday’s match against Holland and a home match against Estonia next Tuesday while Ciaran Toner is in the Northern Ireland squad to face Denmark on Friday.
Spurs are back on their European tour — but international week is perhaps just as notable for the players England have had to leave behind.