With this uncertainty, there is more space than ever for a rank outsider to make a charge for the squad. Here, I pick my five men right on the fringes of national duty that I am backing to impress the grand owl of England in these crucial months:
Tottenham have made some smart if unspectacular moves in the transfer market so far. But there's one issue they can't afford
Despite a handful of notable examples, non-league to top flight isn't a path that has been well travelled and was even closing, with elite clubs putting so much into ever more professional youth academies.
Let's try to be better as football fans and football bloggers. Let the talent develop by itself and stop the mass clamour for anyone who's played two decent games in a row to be thrown into the England setup. As hard as it might be to trust the current management to make the right decisions, we've got to at least give them the chance to make the call by themselves.
If he can prolong the level of consistency he has shown over the last 4 games for the foreseeable future, QPR have a much better chance of staving off relegation. From a personal perspective, though, Austin will look to maintain his good form in order to force his way into Hodgson's next England squad, having arguably been harshly overlooked this time around.