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Three English players who failed to fulfill their potential

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Being an England fan means you're setting yourself up for disappointment. Before every tournament, the nation fills with optimism, feeling this will be our year.

It's the same with players, they get hyped up after their first game, and can't handle it. Look at the spotlight Marcus Rashford has been in so far this season. An unknown quantity this time last year, but now a member of England's Euro 2016 squad.

However, it doesn't all work out for the best and England have had many starlets fall away over the years.

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Here are three players who simply didn't live up to the expectation. 

Ravel Morrison

Now Morrison's career is far from over, he's still just 23, however, if he continues the way he's going, he will be one of the biggest flops in English football. 

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When Morrison first broke onto the scene at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson claimed he was the best player he had seen at that age. However, he is yet to back up this claim on the pitch, and has dominated headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Morrison went on to play for West Ham United, but was deemed not good enough. Even loan moves at Birmingham City, Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City couldn't salvage his career.

Morrison signed for Serie A outfit Lazio last summer, but has only played three times for the Italian side.

David Bentley

Bentley was regarded as the 'heir to David Beckham' by many, however, never fulfilled his potential.

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A product of Arsenal's youth academy, the Peterborough-born winger made his way through the ranks at the Gunners and into the senior team. However, his attitude cost him and he eventually left the north London club.

After he left Highbury, Bentley went up north to Blackburn Rovers, where impressed at the Ewood Park, scoring 13 times.

However, it was a big money move to Tottenham Hotspur that ruined his career, as he couldn't rekindle the form he had shown at Blackburn and went off the radar after his stint at White Hart Lane.

David Bentley retired at the age of 29 after 'falling out of love with football'.

Michael Johnson

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Some of the younger readers may not recall Michael Johnson, one of the strangest players ever to play in the Premier League.

Back in 2006, before Manchester City had the riches they do now, they produced a young gem called Michael Johnson. Johnson played 38 times for City, and was regarded as one of England's best young players.

However, after Man City rejected a £10million bid from Liverpool, it all came crashing down for the midfielder.

Mark Hughes didn't rate him, and neither did Roberto Mancini, so Johnson moved to Leicester City on loan, only to get sent back halfway through the year.

Johnson clearly didn't have the mindset to be a pro, and ended up retiring at the age of 24. 

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