Late injuries to Frank Lampard and Gary Cahill were tough breaks for England.
Yet they have given two Liverpool youngsters a chance to fill in, and bounce back from a tough club season, and have meant Chelsea have lost out on league bragging rights. (We're sure they'll get over it though being European Champions and all)
Jordan Henderson and Martin Kelly's inclusions, brings the total number of Liverpool players set to represent the club at Euro 2012 to nine, along with Arsenal, higher than any other Premier League club.
Or at least it did until the club announced Dirk Kuyt would depart to Fenerbahce.
After finishing the season in eighth place, it perhaps didn't seem quite right that Liverpool would be at the top of this particular table, and the discussion of Stewart Downing meriting his place deserves its own article.
Now Kuyt has departed, Arsenal are the league's top representatives by two places. Fans will hope Van Persie doesn't do a Kuyt and move on to pastures new.
Here is the full list the top Premier League clubs and their representatives at the tournament, which kicks off on Friday.
Arsenal: Wojciech Szezcesny (Poland), Tomas Rosicky (Czech Republic), Robin van Persie (Holland), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott (England), Laurent Koscielny (France), Nicklas Bendtner (Denmark), Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski (Germany), Andrei Arshavin (Russia) : Total 10
Liverpool: Daniel Agger (Denmark), Glen Johnson, Stewart Downing, Andy Carroll, Steven Gerrard, Martin Kelly, Jordan Henderson (England), Pepe Reina (Spain) : Total 8
Manchester United: Patrice Evra (France), Phil Jones, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young (England), Anders Lindegaard (Denmark), Nani (Portugal) : Total 7
Chelsea: Petr Cech (Czech Republic), Ashley Cole, John Terry (England), Florent Malouda (France), Raul Meireles (Portugal), Juan Mata, Fernando Torres (Spain) : Total 7
Tottenham: Jermain Defoe, Scott Parker (England), Vedran Corluka, Nico Kranjcar, Luka Modric (Croatia), Rafael van der Vaart (Holland) : Total 6
Everton - 5, West Brom - 4, Sunderland - 4, Fulham - 3, Newcastle - 3, Stoke - 2, Aston Villa - 2, Swansea - 1, West Ham - 1,
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