Roy Hodgson resisted the temptation to call up Jack Grealish to the England squad because he did not want the Aston Villa midfielder to receive a hostile reception if he made his debut in Dublin.
Grealish has come to be regarded as one of the most promising midfielders in the Barclays Premier League after finding form recently under new Villa boss Tim Sherwood.
Despite being born in Solihull, the 19-year-old has represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level as he qualifies to play for the country through his grandparents.
Last week Ireland manager Martin O'Neill said Grealish had turned down a call-up to the senior squad and that the player was considering switching allegiance to England.
Grealish is yet to make a decision, but Hodgson was mindful that any call-up to the England squad this month would mean the player would be in line to make his debut against Ireland at Aviva Stadium on 7 June.
Given that next month will be the first time that England have played in Dublin since the Lansdowne Road riot of 1995, the match is likely to be charged with emotion and Hodgson did not want to put the teenager in that situation.
"I would not have picked him on this occasion because it would have been inflammatory at the last minute if he chose us and played against the Republic of Ireland," the England manager said.
Hodgson has made it clear to the player that he wants to him to represent England.
But Hodgson is happy to wait until next season for a decision from Grealish, a player he rates highly.
"He's fully aware that if he wants to play for England we'd be very happy to take him" - Roy Hodgson on Jack Grealish
"He's a very talented footballer," Hodgson said.
"He can manipulate the ball in tight areas, he's a very technically gifted player, he's a player who like so many of our younger players is able to play without fear - which is very nice.
"We've been in regular contact with him and his family and his advisers. He's fully aware that if he wants to play for England we'd be very happy to take him.
"But he has to 100% be allowed to decide himself and it should not be in particular telling him to change allegiance if that is not what he wants to do."
Hodgson has told the player he must be sure he wants to play for England before being called up.
He said: "If he doesn't want to play or he has doubts, then don't play.
"We are doing them a favour by picking them - not them doing us a favour by turning up."
Hodgson, meanwhile, has named an uncapped trio of Tom Heaton, Jamie Vardy and Charlie Austin in an England squad for the first time.
Austin has scored 17 goals for relegated QPR this season and Vardy has hit decent form for Leicester, scoring three times in his last nine games to help the Foxes complete their unlikely escape from Premier League relegation.
Heaton has impressed between the posts for Burnley this term even though they were relegated from the top flight two weeks ago.
Hodgson's side are top of Group E after five qualifying wins, six points clear of second-placed Slovenia as they aim to qualify for the tournament in France.
Austin and Vardy get their chance as Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge has a hip injury, while Tottenham striker Harry Kane - a scorer on his senior debut against Lithuania in March - has been called up for the European Under-21 Championship squad.
In a separate development, England have this week written to all 3,000 fans travelling to Ireland to remind them that political and religious chanting which could be considered offensive to certain groups is unacceptable.
England squad: Rob Green (Queens Park Rangers), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Ross Barkley (Everton), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Ryan Mason (Tottenham), James Milner (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester) Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).