Jadon Sancho decided that his opportunities at Manchester City would be limited, with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane ahead of him in the pecking order, so he chose to move on, signing for Borussia Dortmund.
Sancho was perhaps the most eye-catching inclusion, with his promising performances in Germany seeing him become the first player born this millennium to be called up by the senior team.
The exciting 18-year-old forward has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the last 18 months, with the decision to leave Manchester City in the summer of 2017 proving to be some springboard.
His elevation caps a remarkable trip to the top for Sancho, who grew up in London surroundings so humble he didn't have a television to watch at times.
To me he is a ideal player.
"I'm learning German, of course".
England manager Gareth Southgate resisted the temptation to hand 18-year-old Jadon Sancho his global debut as the Three Lions seek a measure of revenge against Croatia in the Nations League on Friday. "Obviously, I have got to say thank you to the (Dortmund) manager (Lucien Favre) for playing me, trusting and believing in me".
City had been desperate to keep hold of Sancho, even reportedly offering him around £30,000 a week - a deal which would've been the biggest in the history of the club's academy - in order to try and tie him down.
"You're Jadon Sancho.' Those guys make me more grounded".
"Moving away from home so young... it was taking one step further to move outside England. That's what he said to me".
"But if you're ready to play overseas and you believe in yourself, why not?"
He has the ideal combination of talent, potential and big name recognition in the American market to make him a prize asset for any club willing to stump up the huge transfer fee. I don't know. It's the future.
"That's. I don't know".
For now, his focus is on global matters. Several other young English players have followed suit in the last two years and Fox Sports Asia discusses how this recent trend could be beneficial for England football team. The Bundesliga side may not be at the level of Real or Barça, or Bayern Munich for that matter, but it is still a place where there is pressure to perform week in, week out and he will get regular playing time.
Similarly, the opportunities for young players are there in France and Germany.