The shallow pool: Only 33 English players not called up

Date published: Wednesday 8th November 2017 11:12

These are the 33 English players who started in the Premier League last weekend who have not yet been called up by England. It’s only a matter of time…

 

Goalkeeper
Nick Pope (Burnley): He has an England keeper to dislodge at club level first, but there’s no denying he has been excellent.

 

Full-backs:
Scott Malone (Huddersfield): Gareth Southgate might be desperate but being Huddersfield Town’s back-up left-back is not yet enough.

Simon Francis (Bournemouth): He’s 32 and his last England appearance was for the Under-20s in 2005. Never give up (but yes, give up).

Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth): He’s 31 and has never even appeared for England’s Under-20s. Never give up (but yes, absolutely give up).

Danny Simpson (Leicester): ‘Can’t do anymore lol’. That was Simpson’s reaction last year when he was overlooked by Glen Johnson, so the right-back will have to make do with a Premier League title medal rather than international honours.

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace): Frank de Boer didn’t rate him and Southgate is unlikely to fancy the right-back much more, especially with Palace marooned at the bottom of the table.

Kyle Naughton (Swansea): The international ship has probably sailed for the 28-year-old ex-Under-21. Unless Republic of Ireland come calling.

Matt Lowton (Burnley): Solid for Sean Dyche but that’s unlikely to be enough to catch Southgate’s eye, especially at 28.

Jonjoe Kenny (Everton): That will be Under-20 World Cup winner Jonjoe Kenny. Unlike most of the above, he at least has age on his side.

 

Centre-backs:
Alfie Mawson (Swansea): Statistically one of the worst players of the season so unlikely to get a call up any time soon.

Lewis Dunk (Brighton): In form and at 25, probably coming into his peak years as a centre-half. He might suffer from lacking the necessary England DNA having been on the outside looking in on the youth ranks.

Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle): A possible, rather than a probable, but that will change if he remains consistent through the rest of the season.

Steve Cook (Bournemouth): Daniel Storey loves him; Gareth Southgate does not.

James Tarkowski (Burnley): The 24-year-old has made Burnley forget all about Michael Keane. The worry is that Gareth Southgate has made it very clear he wants ball-playing centre-halves. And if Chis Smalling does not make the grade, what chance Tarkowski?

Ben Mee (Burnley): “I look at the squad and I don’t see any left-sided centre-halves in or around the Premier League who are English,” he said this season. Everybody loves an optimist.

Scott Dann (Crystal Palace): There was a time when a Dann call-up looked inevitable. But that time is not now.

 

Central midfielders:
Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield): It seems unlikely, but then Jack Cork seemed unlikely last week.

Isaac Hayden (Newcastle): See above.

Mark Noble (West Ham): Continually snubbed by England, even under Sam Allardyce, and that’s not going to change. The Cork call must have hurt.

Sam Clucas (Swansea): Or should he be in the full-backs list after playing there on Saturday? Only if you’re desperate.

Tom Carroll (Swansea): Capped 17 times at Under-21 level but the 25-year-old’s most pressing concern is establishing himself in the Premier League.

Dale Stephens (Brighton): Stranger things have happened. Not many, mind…

Tom Davies (Everton): When you look at the above, he has to be the next central midfield cab off the rank.

Will Hughes (Watford): Finally starting for Watford. Which right now might be just about enough.

 

Attacking midfielders:
Nathan Dyer (Swansea): It’s at this point that you realise how many average Englishmen play for Swansea.

Tom Ince (Huddersfield): Ruling himself out of contention for the England Under-21s did his cause no good whatsoever.

Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth): At £15m, he should at least be in the conversation. That he’s not is a damning indictment of his impact at Bournemouth.

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth): Rose from League One to the Premier League with Bournemouth and has scored in the top five divisions of the English football pyramid. He’ll be happy enough with that.

Demarai Gray (Leicester): Southgate likes the Leicester winger from their time working together with the Under-21s, where he is just fine for now.

 

Forwards:
Andre Gray (Watford): At £18.5m, he should at least be in the conversation. That he’s not is a damning indictment of his (one-goal) impact at Watford.

Dwight Gayle (Newcastle): Remarkably only 27, but yet to score a Premier League goal this season. Even for this England, that is probably not quite enough.

Callum Wilson (Bournemouth): Probably needs more than one League Cup goal but he has at least pushed Jermain Defoe out of the reckoning for club and thus country.

Glenn Murray (Brighton): The only Englishmen to have scored more than his four Premier League goals this season are Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Jamie Vardy. Get him on the f***ing plane.

 

Ian Watson and Sarah Winterburn

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