Rio Ferdinand was overlooked as John Terry's replacement in the England squad on Thursday, with uncapped center back Ryan Shawcross receiving his second international call-up.
England coach Roy Hodgson dropped Ferdinand from the squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland, a day after revealing to London Underground passengers that the 33-year-old Manchester United defender wasn't in his plans.
Hodgson's options in central defense have been reduced after Terry quit England duty last month before he was found guilty by the Football Association of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother, Anton.
Shawcross was called up by former England coach Fabio Capello in 2010, but the Stoke captain didn't play.
Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster has been called up for the first time for the qualifiers later this month.