When it emerged that Theo Walcott had not made the cut it looked as if one of those two would, and it turns out that Shaun's second half on the left against Japan was enough to convince Fabio Capello to take him as change-up option to South Africa.
It's tough on AJ, who has played with vigour and audacity since joining MCFC in January, and makes a mockery of Capello's pledge to pick players on form. But clearly SWP's ability to play on either wing, his experience, his dexterity have won him a seat on the plane. That game at the Boleyn Ground, on the left wing, in front of Franco Baldini, is the key moment in this story.
But more on all of this later - once we have official confirmation.