Which five players did not receive enough England caps during their playing careers?
Robbie Fowler has turned 40 today, and the former hotshot striker was once considered the best goalscoring prospect in England.
As a youngster he was scoring goals for fun, and he won his first England cap at the age of just 21. However, the now retired forward ended up picking up just a further 25 caps for the Three Lions, and he is commonly regarded as one of many players to have never picked up enough caps for his country.
This list that Fowler is included on is a long one, and we take a look at five players who deserved more caps than they won during their careers.
Glenn Hoddle - 53 Caps
53 is a respectable tally for an England international, but former Spurs star Hoddle is considered as one of the players of his generation and many believe he should have many more caps to his name. Often seen as being very anti-English in his style of play, Michel Platini once said that he would have 150 caps if he was French. A playmaker ahead of his time, he suffered from playing in an archaic England system and truly excelled when signing for Monaco.
Matt Le Tissier - 7 Caps
The Southampton icon picked up just seven caps for the Three Lions despite being a fantastic goalscoring midfielder for the Saints in the 1990’s. Many believe his lack of international recognition was down to a perceived lack of effort, as well as his desire to stay with Southampton, and he was frequently overlook for less talented players.
Billy Bonds - 0 Caps
The only player on this list to have never been capped by England, West Ham legend Bonds was a top level defender throughout West Ham’s glory years of the 1970’s and 80’s. A talented ball-player, as well as an uncompromising defender, he holds the Hammers all-time appearance record, and is generally seen as far ahead of many of the players of his day for both ability and fitness.
Steve McManaman - 37 Caps
The former Liverpool and Real Madrid man is generally considered one of England’s greatest exports at club level, but he is never given the praise he deserves in England. A notorious troublemaker, it is said that his attitude never endeared him to new coaches, and he failed to make an appearance after 2001 as Sven-Goran Eriksson.
Malcolm Macdonald - 9 Caps
Formerly of Newcastle, Luton and Arsenal, Macdonald is most highly regarded for his time on Tyneside, and his constant omission from the Three Lions coincided with a time in which England suffered on the international stage. His five goals in one game against Cyprus is an England record, and his goalscoring at club level should have seen him included much more than he was.