An England manager's first squad is invariably his most interesting - and Early Doors is particularly keen to see the contents of Fabio Capello's brain.
If the coach is foreign, he can make an objective assessment without the media's indoctrination and preconceptions colouring his judgement. It also means he produces some shocking selections.
England might have thrashed Spain in Sven Goran-Eriksson's first game but that hardly justified the presence on the field of Gavin McCann and Chris Powell, who made his debut aged 31.
Powell went on to win five caps before the timely emergence of one Ashley Cole - a reminder that once upon a time the tabloid punchbag was both a decent player and not universally despised.
Despite his conservative reputation Sven boasts an impressive track record for left-field selections - let us not forget he also capped Michael Ricketts, Francis Jeffers and Anthony Gardner.
In Steve McClaren's case, he showed the price you pay when you let the wife watch Ugly Betty repeats when the Spanish football is on, and ended up accidentally dropping England's most famous player of all time.
McClaren realised his error too late, and had to pretend that David Beckham was genuinely a worse player than Jermaine Jenas.
Even Peter Taylor got on the act in his caretaker cameo in 2001, picking Seth Johnson for a friendly against Italy.
As all these managers were enjoying honeymoon periods, their ludicrous decisions were greeted not with derision but with admiration - as though they had unearthed some previously overlooked gem.
And so it will be when Fabio Capello names Dave Kitson in his provisional 30-man squad for the Switzerland game today.
The Reading forward has eight goals this season but was nobody's idea of an international-class striker until it leaked out that Don Fabio has a sneaking admiration for the Scholes-coloured front man.
Other names in the frame include Everton's pint-sized benchwarmer Leon Osman, player of the 2002 World Cup Nicky Butt, balloon victim Joe Hart and as many grizzled old veterans as Capello can coax out of retirement.
One man likely to miss out is 99-cap flake David Beckham, who recently forgot to turn up to training with Arsenal, visiting Sierra Leone and Brazil instead. Still, he is the most professional, dedicated and committed player anyone has ever seen.
Another who should be dropped but probably won't is Michael Owen, who was last seen contributing usefully on a football pitch some time in 2001.
Poor Newcastle fans have seen his performance level drop through the floor since arriving at St James' in 2005. This season he has totalled just one league goal, and has been utterly abject since taking the captain's armband under Kevin Keegan.
Capello is known for his eye for detail so probably doesn't need it spelling out that Owen was good because he was fast; now he is slow and rubbish.
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The instant historians at Sky have already installed Cristiano Ronaldo's free-kick against Portsmouth as the greatest ever scored. Nonsense.
Early Doors has sent Cleethorpes into raptures many times with similar strikes in the beach football arena.
It's easy. Get one of those light, plastic 'Shoot 5' balls, and smack it as hard as you can. Then stand back and watch it wobble crazily in the air, giving the hapless 'keeper no chance as it rockets into the corner.
Do you think it is any coincidence that Ronaldo grew up on the holiday island of Madeira? He probably spent his entire childhood walloping the ball past exasperated family members before standing back with a smug grin, astonished by his own brilliance.
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After seeing Jonathan Woodgate's post-match interview last night, Early Doors can't help but wonder if the Spurs new-boy was the victim of a dressing-room prank.
It was not the ludicrous pseudo-baker-boy hat as much as the constant fidgeting that set alarm bells ringing. Did Tottenham's resident japesters dust off the old itching-powder in the jockstrap gag? We can only hope so.
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MISGUIDED OPTIMISM OF THE DAY: A Liverpool fans' group is attempting to buy the club from Tom Hicks and George Gillett. All they need is 100,000 people to contribute a mere £5,000 each. £35 a head to buy Ebbsfleet it definitely is not.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I've seen the replay and it is difficult. Maybe it's the best, maybe, I don't know. It's difficult to say." See, the thing is, I've scored so many brilliant goals, says beach football ace Cristiano Ronaldo.
FOREIGN VIEW: Martin Vasquez is set to become the 'new Joachim Loew' as Juergen Klinsmann's assistant manager at Bayern Munich. Does that mean he will be getting a trendy haircut and a scarf?
COMING UP: It's transfer deadline day, so get set for mass hysteria as Sunderland complete the signing of Andy Reid. Eurosport-Yahoo! is jumping on the bandwagon with live updates throughout the day. Later on, there is live football from the African Cup of Nations with Tunisia v Angola and South Africa v Senegal at 5pm.