So David Beckham's chances of making it to a fourth World Cup are now over.
But where does that leave England's right midfield spot? While it is unlikely Beckham would have started in South Africa, his place in the squad now offers someone else an enticing opportunity to work their way into Fabio Capello's plans.
This is where the games begin. Based only on England's most recent outing against Egypt, you would have to think Theo Walcott is at the front of Capello's mind. But who else?
Alan Shearer says he would take Walcott as well and then add Tottenham's Aaron Lennon, if he is fit.
But that's the problem, he isn't and the noises from Spurs are not optimistic.
There's always Shaun Wright-Phillips who scored and set up a goal against Egypt. And you can add in England under-21 star Adam Johnson who scored a fantastic goal for Manchester City against Sunderland last Sunday.
But would you look elsewhere? You could plump for James Milner or even Steven Gerrard on the right. But with their all-round talents their places in the squad are nailed on.
So do you think Capello should stick with a flyer on the right wing so England can open up that side of the field? With Gerrard often picked on the left wouldn't Milner make England's midfield too narrow? And is Theo up to job after recent criticism?
So many questions but then this is the World Cup isn't it?