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England XI: One-cap wonders

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Jeffers made just one appearance for England. (©GettyImages)
Jeffers made just one appearance for England. (©GettyImages).

With Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard having recently made their 100th international appearance, we take a look at the other end of the scale - at the players who could only dream of representing their country on so many occasions.

Here, we create an England XI made up entirely of one-cap wonders. But do you agree with my selection? Has anyone been left out? Leave a comment and let us know.

Goalkeeper: Chris Kirkland

Kirkland has played for Coventry City, West Bromwich Albion, Wigan Athletic, Leicester City, Doncaster Rovers, Sheffield Wednesday and Liverpool, totalling 251 career appearances, but has only pulled on the Three Lions on one occasion, coming on as a substitute against Greece in August 2006. Famously, Kirkland's father and some family members placed bets of £100 each at odds of 100/1 that he would play for England before he was 30, and that one appearance netted the syndicate £10,000 each!

Right-back: Mike Phelan

Phelan made his only appearance for England in 1989 against Italy while he was playing for Manchester United. Phelan had spells at Burnley, Norwich City, and Manchester United before ending his playing career at West Bromwich Albion. Phelan has a long coaching record since retiring from playing. He is currently assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

Centre-back: Neil Ruddock

Nicknamed 'Razor' for his hard-man style of play, Ruddock played his one and only game for England against Nigeria in November 1994 while managed by Terry Venables. It is thought that the only reason he played once for England was due to his weight problems and for being 'unfit'.

Centre-back: Anthony Gardner

Gardner broke into the Tottenham first-team in March 2001, but a long line of injuries saw his chances limited, not only for Tottenham, but also England. He made his only appearance against Sweden in 2004, coming on as a sub for John Terry.

Left-back: Michael Ball

Ball was seen as the answer to England's left-back problems after mistakes at tournaments by Graeme Le Saux and Phil Neville. He made his debut against Spain in Sven-Goran Eriksson's first game in charge in 2001. Ball played for Everton, Glasgow Rangers, PSV Eindhoven, Manchester City and Leicester.

Centre-midfield: Joey Barton

The ever controversial Barton managed only one cap for England in 2007 in a 1-0 defeat to Spain, coming on as a sub for soon-to-be centurion, Frank Lampard. Barton is currently on-loan to Marseille from Queen's Park Rangers.

Centre-midfield: Lee Bowyer

Bowyer has had a long career and undoubtedly his best years were spent at Leeds United where he helped guide the club to a Champions League semi-final. That led to him getting his only cap for the Three Lions against Portugal in 2002, setting up a goal for Leeds teammate, Alan Smith.

Centre-midfield: David Dunn

Arguably one of the most gifted footballers to come out of Lancashire, Dunn made his only appearance for England in 2002 against Portugal, coming on as a sub for Steven Gerrard. Dunn has only played for two clubs, boyhood heroes Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City. Dunn moved back to Rovers in 2007 to start his second spell at the club.

Centre-forward: Michael Ricketts

After firing Bolton Wanderers to the Premier League, scoring 24 times for The Trotters, Ricketts earned his call-up to the national team in February 2002, scoring 15 goals up to that point. He played 45 minutes against The Netherlands. After this game, Ricketts didn't score again all season for his club.

Centre-forward: Francis Jeffers

Following his £10m move to Arsenal in 2001, Jeffers never really broke into the first-team due to players like Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry regularly scoring, but in 2003, Jeffers was called up to the England team to face Australia - a game in which he scored his only England goal.

Centre-forward: Kevin Davies

After spending 10 seasons at Bolton and playing over 300 games, Davies, aged 33, received his first England cap in 2010 for the game against Montenegro, coming on as a sub for Peter Crouch. The Yorkshireman also received a yellow card in the game.

That concludes my England XI of one-cap wonders, what are your thoughts and who would make yours? Leave a comment below.

 

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Joey Barton
Chris Kirkland
Anthony Gardner
Internationals
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Lee Bowyer
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Francis Jeffers
David Dunn
Michael Ricketts
Kevin Davies
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