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Top three: Uncapped England players

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Lallana & Lambert deserve international recognition. (©GettyImages)
Lallana & Lambert deserve international recognition. (©GettyImages).

Roy Hodgson has made a solid, if unspectacular start to life as the manager of England.

Whilst there is no denying that the Three Lions have their fair share of world-class players to choose from, England's lack of strength in depth has often cost them in major tournaments. 

But if you look beneath the obvious high-profile players who are a certainty to make Hodgson's England squad, there are one or two uncapped gems that, if given the chance, could thrive on the international stage.

Here's a look at three uncapped English talents that fit the bill.

Fraser Forster | Celtic

The former Newcastle shot-stopper has earned many plaudits with his performances for Celtic over the last two seasons, and his display against Barcelona in the Champions League led to him being nicknamed 'The Great Wall' in some quarters.

Forster has already been included in several England squads, however he is yet to feature for Roy Hodgson's side. 

Joe Hart aside, the goalkeeping department is not England's strongest position in terms of depth, so Forster can consider himself unlucky not to have already been capped.

The news that Ben Foster has made himself available for international selection once again will not help Forster's cause, however if he continues to perform as he has done then surely a cap has to come soon.

Adam Lallana | Southampton

Lallana admitted to being "totally shocked" when he was drafted into the England squad ahead of the game against Ukraine earlier this season. He was probably the only one.

In his debut Premier League season, Lallana has shown all the qualities needed to play at this level, and if Southampton don't escape relegation, he won't be short of potential suitors offering him the chance to extend his stay in the top flight.

The 24-year-old playmaker has been an ever-present in his club's rise through the leagues and represented England at under-18, under-19 and under-21 level along the way.

Despite not making an appearance in the Ukraine game, he will hope for a future re-call to prove that Hodgson was correct in calling him up the first time.

Rickie Lambert | Southampton

The top-scoring Englishman in the Premier League this season, Lambert recently scored his 100th goal for Southampton in their game against Newcastle United.

The former Bristol Rovers striker has never missed a penalty for the Saints, a quality England could certainly do with going into World Cup 2014 in Brazil next year!

Like Lallana, Lambert grew with Southampton as they won back-to-back promotions, and he played a major role, scoring the goals to fire them into the Premier League.

The 31-year-old frontman has shown he is capable of scoring all types of goals and would be a better option than some of the strikers England have called up in recent years.

However, Lambert's age may go against him. As he's the wrong side of 30, Hodgson may look for younger alternatives as he looks to build for the future.

 

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Fraser Forster
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