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I would suggest that you get used to the (relatively) new feature which allows you to have direct control of AF points on the joystick. Even if you include all of 61 point in the selection, getting to your point is very straightforward. Then, if you wanna return to the center AF pt., just click the joystick in "neutral".
I have also used control dials for AF pt. selection for years, and disliked every minute of it.
Yes, it is definitely straightforward but, at least for me, it's definitely slower. If I only want to select the outer focus points, having to scroll through the others (i.e., holding the joystick while the camera moves the focus point) is annoying.
What's really annoying is that I can't imagine why Canon would remove a feature that, clearly, they thought was a good idea and, you'd assume, people used. Why not leave it in?