With injuries and illnesses forcing England manager Roy Hodgson to shuffle his pack, we catalogue the fallout on Twitter, with words of congratulations in store for the youngster
Meanwhile, some players didn't quite make the cut, with the in-form Swansea man Nathan Dyer missing out and his team-mates questioning his omission.
There is all this and more, as we take a look at The Word on the Tweet...
"Congratulations to @sterling31 getting called up to england squad"
Stoke new-boy Charlie Adam extends a message of good will to his former Liverpool team-mate on his England call-up.
"Big congrats to @sterling31 !"
Wayne Routledge is also one of a host of players to leave a message to the 17-year-old. Yes, 17.
Swansea winger Nathan Dyer is one of the players to miss out but is trying to maintain a positive outlook.
"Seriously thou how hasn't @NathDyer87 got the call ???????"
But his team-mate Danny Graham isn't quite so happy, questioning Roy Hodgson's decision not to pick up the phone.
"The team is hungry for victory and our fans are very noisy. The stadium will tremble tomorrow, watch out for #Belgium v #Croatia !"
Vincent Kompany says that his team are hungry, the fans are noisy and the stadium will tremble. Is it me, or does the Belgium national team sound remarkably like a scary monster?
"Great day at number 10"
Former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba visits the Prime Minister's house as he backs a campaign for children in schools to be taught life-saving skills.
"Looking forward to playing against my friend & #wafc teammate @JamesMcCarthy_4 tomorrow. I doubt he'll be happy with my clean sheet though!!"
Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi gives his prediction on how Ireland will play when they face Oman at Craven Cottage.