Former Barnsley defender John Stones will find himself in Brazil for this summer’s World Cup if England colleague Phil Jones suffers further injury woe.
Delighted by his call up into the standby squad, the 20-year-old - who began at Barnsley’s Academy at Oakwell - learned that he will replace Jones in the 23-man full squad if the Manchester United defender fails to recover from his shoulder problem in time.
It continues the meteoric rise of Stones who played only 28 times for Barnsley but impressed enough for Everton to sign him on a five year contract in January 2013.
He made his debut in August 2013 in a cup game but only made his Premier League debut on New Year’s Day this year since when he has become a regular.
Everton teammate Phil Jagielka goes but another ex-Blade, Kyle Walker, has to miss out due to a pelvic injury.
As expected another star of Everton’s season, Ross Barkley, who had a spell on loan with Wednesday in the autumn of 2012, is included.
It was much as expected when Roy Hodgson named his 23 man squad with Rickie Lambert getting the fourth striker spot alongside Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck.
Left back Luke Shaw, 18, is the youngest in the squad.
England squad: Keepers: Hart, Foster, Forster.
Defenders: Johnson, Baines, Shaw, Jagielka, Cahill, Jones, Smalling.
Midfield: Gerrard, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere, Lampard, Henderson, Barkley, Milner, Sterling, Lallana.
Strikers: Rooney, Sturridge, Welbeck, Lambert.
On standby are: Ruddy, Flanagan, Stones, Carrick, Cleverley, Carroll and Defoe.