The Football Association insists it knew about German starlet Lewis Holtby's English heritage.
Holtby is one of the most promising young players in Germany and is currently captain of their Under 21 side.
But the Mainz starlet has an English father and is still eligible for the Three Lions - should they decide to hand him a call-up.
However, Holtby has already confirmed his commitment to Germany, and the FA's head of football development Sir Trevor Brooking insists they have decided not to pursue him.
"We knew about Lewis and the feeling was that he wants to play for Germany," said Brooking.
"It would have also been unfair to people who are committed here. And remember, Germany's Under 21s haven't made the play-offs."
Holtby has emphasised his commitment to Germany, adding: "I think it would be difficult for England snatching the Germany Under 21 captain.
"For the English players it would be slightly bizarre and that would make it difficult for me to settle in. Everyone else is full-English. I would come as a German, as a German captain. It'd be quite bizarre.
"I love England, I love my family there but I have to pay respect to Germany. I love Germany very much and when I sing the national anthem it gives me goosebumps.
"If Capello would talk to me I'd listen. But I'd tell him I've decided to play for Germany."