Kyle Walker-Peters, Marc Guehi and Tyrick Mitchell could fulfill their childhood dreams within the next week after being called up to England for the first time – but nothing is guaranteed.
The Southampton full-back and Crystal Palace duo will be hoping to earn their first caps for England in upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and Ivory Coast. Gareth Southgate will probably want to watch them after changing his squad due to injuries.
With the World Cup coming up later this year, this international break seems to offer the perfect opportunity to impress. But Walker-Peters, Guehi and Mitchell have to be warned – it might not work out that way. Not all called players earn a cap.
In fact, there is quite a long list of players who have been selected for England squads but fail to step onto the pitch and find the opportunity never presents itself again. As proof, here are 10 players you didn’t know were called up for the Three Lions because they never won a cap.
Hislop earned 26 caps for Trinidad and Tobago between 1999 and 2006 but before that he could have been capped for England. The goalkeeper was playing for Newcastle United in 1998 when he was called up for a friendly against Chile. Unfortunately for him, he never came off the bench, with Nigel Martyn playing the whole game.
Fate then conspired against him, with Shay Given ousting him from the Newcastle squad. Bizarrely, Hislop made one appearance for England Under-21 as a major player in March 1998 before switching to represent Trinidad and Tobago, for whom he played against England in the World Cup 2006.
Reo-Coker made 23 appearances for England Under-21 but never managed to make the move to the senior team. He came very close when he was put on the reserve list for the 2006 World Cup, only to have to pull out due to injury.
Phil Neville took his place on this list, which also included Scott Carson, Michael Dawson, Jermain Defoe and Andrew Johnson. Perhaps that didn’t matter, because in the event, third-choice goaltender Carson was the only one of those players to qualify for the tournament.
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Aged 37, Davies still goes to Derby County, but in 2008 he was in contention for England cap. Fabio Capello was a fan of the centre-back, who was then playing for Aston Villa, and called him up twice for friendlies against Switzerland and Germany.
However, he never stepped onto the pitch and never managed to get particularly close to the national team.
Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Wheater was called up a few times by Capello during his first year in charge of England, but never got an illusory cap for his troubles. The Middlesbrough man was there for friendlies against France, the United States and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as a World Cup qualifier against Belarus, but never got his moment under the projectors.
The long-haired midfielder was first called up by England in the summer of 2008 for the qualifiers against Andorra and Croatia and a friendly against Germany, but failed to defeat Capello. A knee injury followed in 2009 and, at 30, his luck was over.
Henry played for England Under-18 and Under-19 but was never capped at senior level. The Wolves midfielder was selected in a massive 40-man squad for a friendly against Denmark in February 2011 but failed to qualify once he was reduced to 25 by Capello. This came as no surprise to Henry.
“I was shocked. Since coming back from injury, in the last three or four games I don’t think I’ve played particularly well,” he admitted at the time. regular season for me.”
If England goalkeepers had been selected based on personal websites, then Stockdale might have gone further, but his Effort inspired by David Brent did not earn him a cap. Stockdale, who in his own words is “driven, big-hearted, outspoken and fun” was selected for six teams in 2011 without having had a chance to play.
John Ruddy, Fraser Forster and Ben Foster all earned caps in this era, but Stockdale’s “commanding presence and impressive shot-stopping” fell short. The 36-year-old is now on loan at Stevenage from Wycombe Wanderers.
Berahino was first called up to the senior team in November 2014 for games against Slovenia and Scotland by his former manager Roy Hodgson after starting the 2014/15 season well with West Brom. The striker scored eight goals in 11 games during that spell to earn his call-up after netting 11 goals in 12 games for the England Under-21s.
However, he never stepped onto the pitch for Hodgson’s side and later changed allegiance to represent Burundi, where he was born.
Another striker who has never had the chance to step into the England shirt is Austin, who was called up alongside Jamie Vardy for games against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia in 2015. His opportunity s came up because Daniel Sturridge was injured and Harry Kane, Danny Ings and Berahino had been called up for the European Under-21 Championship squad.
Antonio is now a Jamaican international, but his international career is a long time coming. The West Ham forward initially rejected the chance to play for Jamaica in 2016 because he was holding out for England.
It seemed like a possibility when Sam Allardyce named him to his England first team in 2016, but although he made it into his squad and played in subsequent ones under Southgate, the cap never came. which prompted Antonio to move to Jamaica last year after obtaining a passport for the country.