By Michael Potts
106 Players have been capped for England since 2000. Ten of those have left us scratching our heads as to why...
We begin with central midfielder Jermaine Jenas, winner of the PFA Young Player of the Year Award for an impressive campaign with Newcastle Utd in which they finished 3rd. He subsequently earned his first England call-up in 2003. The initial buzz soon wore off and Jenas struggled to get back into a solid run of form. Since then 6 years has past and a series of underwhelming performances for England and Spurs earn him the number 10 spot on the list.
9. Kieron Dyer
Now for another ex-Newcastle midfielder. Kieron Dyer. He was signed for £6million from Ipswich in 1999 as a 20 year old prospect and soon after made his first appearance for the national side against Luxembourg. His notorious injury problems have seen him appear just 22 times for West Ham since his transfer in 2007 where he failed to complete a full 90 minutes for the Hammers. Their relegation saw him released, only to be signed by Premiership new boys, QPR, where (you guessed it) he suffered a broken foot just 3 minutes into his debut. Somehow he managed 33 games for England without crutches but failed to score a single goal despite his attacking style.
8. Scott Carson
Harsh? Maybe. But surely there had to be one England goalkeeper somewhere? The unlucky stopper Carson held off competiton from Robert 'Flappy Hands' Green and David 'Calamity' James to 8th place. He has made just 3 appearances for England including a clean sheet on his debut and conceeded one against Germany which captain John Terry later took the blame for. However it was for one moment that Scott Carson will be remembered. A moment that ended the Wally with the Brolly's England career and meant England would be missing out on the 2008 European Championships. Yes, I am of course talking about THAT Croatia game. Steve McClaren decided to start the inexperienced Carson in the crucial qualifier. Niko Kranjcar's speculative 30 yard effort skipped off the surface in front of the keeper and ended up rippling the net rather than the comfortable save England fans expected. It ended in a 3-2 defeat on the night for the Three Lions. Carson has since moved to the Turkish league side Bursaspor, presumably to avoid contact with anybody who may have been at Wembley that night...
7. Jay Bothroyd
Not particularly a bad player. He had a respectable 1 in 2 ratio for Cardiff in the Championship last season and secured a move to the Premiership over the summer but England...really?? Spain have Villa and Torres. Germany have Klose and Muller. Argentina have Aguero and Tevez. England have Bothroyd. Fabio Capello has given many players their chance in England friendlies but the 29 year old's inclusion surprised many considering the talent England have at their disposal in the likes of Rooney, Defoe, Carroll, Bent and Crouch plus many more non-regulars who some may argue have not been given a deserved chance. Bothroyd was entered the fray as a second half substitute, making little impact. Maybe his Premiership move can show us what he can do in a top league before another call up heads his way.
6. Seth Johnson
5. Emile Heskey
4. David Nugent
3. Darius Vassell
vs Portugal. An 18 year old Wayne Rooney (complete with his own hair) limped off early in the match to be replaced by Vassell. The entertaining affair between the hosts and a spirited England side reached it's dramatic conclusion with sudden death penalties. After watching David Beckham blaze over from 12 yards it was down to Vassell to keep the dream alive. It was saved by the very man who stepped up and confidently broke England hearts just moments later. The goalkeeper Ricardo. Vassell picked himself up and went off to Man City where he continued his 'worse than Heskey' goal ratio before finally doing a Carson and heading for Turkey.
2. Francis Jeffers
1. Michael Ricketts
vs Holland. He failed to score for the rest of that season. It was a taster of the horror that was about to unfold. A lifeline was handed to him in the shape of Middlesbrough Football Club. He was a regular. Leading the line for the Boro, just not very well. 3 in 32 was his record that year but worse was still to come. Between the years of 2006 and 2010, Ricketts graced the pitches of Leeds, Stoke, Cardiff, Burnley, Southend, Preston, Oldham and Walsall. At least one new club every season before ending up at Tranmere Rovers in 2009 where he was released by mutual consent just 5 months later. At 32, Ricketts could still be signed up for lower league sides but given his goalscoring record and recent guilty plea to assaulting his girlfriend, I doubt there'll be many takers.
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