So former-Tottenham forward Jermain Defoe insists it wasn't him - but do we believe him?
Following Harry Redknapp's bombshell that 'two or three' English players asked him to pull them out of national team games while he was Spurs boss, we've decided to put together the shortlist of candidates.
Harry couldn't resist butting into England's failure, playing the role of playground gossip. Because he's basically done that really annoying and childish thing where someone says, "I know something that would blow your mind."
"Oh yea?" is your hypothetical reply.
"Sorry, actually I can't tell you, it will hurt their feelings." Brilliant. But he's got us interested now, he's reeled us in.
So who were the un-patriotic shirkers, hiding away from their national duty to fly to Andorra to earn that valiant 3-0 win against a group of postman and window cleaners, winning the right to return home like triumphant crusaders?
This list of possible drop-outs is depressing
Well, it's a fairly uninspiring list, and if we're completely honest with you, I'm not sure how any of them developed an ego big enough to even think about turning down a call-up.
I guess it says quite a lot about the England team that they felt they could get away with it, and still be considered for the next squad.
What with Ian Wright sounding off in The Sun, the nation's collective fury on the team's anthem singing (or lack thereof) and the squad's awful performances in Brazil, there seems to be a lot of English soul-searching going on. To be expected when you crash out of the group in such demoralising fashion, even in spite of the unusually low expectations pre-World Cup.
So who could Harry have been talking about? Here are the players that fit the bill - basically here are the players that are English, and were in contention for an England call-up between 2008, when Harry took charge, and 2012, when he left the job.
- David Bentley
- Michael Dawson
- Tom Huddlestone
- Jonathan Woodgate
- Ledley King
- Darren Bent
- Jermaine Jenas
- Aaron Lennon
- Jermain Defoe
- Peter Crouch
- Kyle Walker
Straight away I think we can rule out Bentley and Dawson - with 11 caps between them, surely they treasured each new one like it would be their last. If it only it was.
Similarly, Tom Huddlestone only managed four England caps - you'd have to be pretty ballsy to turn down a cap when you're only just breaking into the team. Actually, that sounds exactly like something a footballer would do. Never mind.
Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King were too crocked to string together enough games to even contemplate turning down a call-up for non-injury reasons. Lets rule them out on pity grounds.
More (serious) contenders
That leaves another seven possible contenders - and they are: Aaron Lennon, Jermaine Jenas, Darren Bent, Jermain Defoe (we need an alibi, Jermain, you're not getting off that easy), Peter Crouch and Kyle Walker.
Come on, who was it? Lets own up. We won't be mad, most people probably won't even care.
Crouch was a bit of a loveable rogue in a England shirt, all long limbs, robot dances and good times against Trinidad and Tobago. It would be tough to take if it was him. Kyle Walker's pulled out of a few squads - has Harry dropped him in it? Maybe it was you Darren? Harry wasn't exactly full of praise for you after you spooned that sitter against Portsmouth.
We may never know after Harry refused to name names, but we're opening the floor to you guys, have we missed anyone out? Who do you think dodged the jersey?
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