It is time up, the whistle has blown, and Craig Thomson has been left stranded without a place at the World Cup finals.

The Scottish referee was omitted from the list of officials for this summer's showpiece in Brazil, after the 52-man long-list was reduced down to 25 contenders yesterday.

The 41-year-old oversaw two matches at Euro 2012, and his exclusion means that his assistants Alasdair Ross and Derek Rose will also miss out.

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England, however, will be represented again by Howard Webb, who took charge of the final four years ago.