England's 1000th game: 15 players we all forgot earned a cap for the Three Lions

Jay Bothroyd in action for England vs France

England will play their 1000th game tonight against Montenegro.

It's not always been easy following the men's senior team throughout history, with the Three Lions winning just one major international tournament.

Sadly, most of us aren't old enough to remember the glory days of 1966, but at least we had that World Cup semi-final last summer, right?

Regardless of success, following England is always entertaining and not always for the right reasons.

Dramatic lows, bizarre squad selections, you really do get it all with England.

With that in mind, we've decided to scour the archives to rediscover players to have earned a Three Lions cap that - for the most part - nobody can remember.

Not a single one of the 15 made more than one appearance for England, which says quite a lot....

Jay Bothroyd

Bothroyd was pretty darn good for Cardiff between 2008 and 2011 in the Championship and amazingly, it earned him an England call-up.

The striker featured against France in November 2010, becoming the first England international from Cardiff in its 111-year history and the first Football League player to earn a cap since David Nugent in 2007.

Matt Jarvis

For a while, there weren't many better out-and-out wingers in the Premier League than Jarvis, when he reigned supreme on the left-hand side of Wolves' midfield.

It earned him a spot in the England squad in March 2011 and he came off the bench again Ghana in an international friendly.

Mike Phelan

Phelan in the present day

Manchester United's current assistant manager did earn an England cap back in November 1989 against Italy. You really do learn something new every day.

The same season he won his maiden cap, Phelan helped United lift the FA Cup in 1990. Not bad Mike, not bad.

Lee Bowyer

Now, Bowyer was a very tidy midfielder back in the day for Leeds and Newcastle, but him an England shirt surely slipped most people's minds?

But the Charlton manager did don the famous jersey back in 2002 against Portugal but sadly, midfield competition back then was simply too strong to earn more caps.

Jack Cork

Cork is a very astute midfielder for Burnley, but he certainly is not England quality.

Nevertheless, he was handed his debut by Gareth Southgate against Germany in November 2017 and unsurprisingly, he hasn't featured since.

Michael Ricketts

Ricketts in action

Flash in the pans don't come much better than Ricketts. For a brief spell in the early 2000s, the Bolton Wanderers man looked the most dangerous striker in the Premier League.

But after his 45 minutes against Holland for England in February 2002, Ricketts failed to score against for Bolton in 2001/02 and his career never recovered.

Carl Jenkinson

I know, I know, you think we're lying. But somehow, despite never looking like a Premier League level footballer, Jenkinson played for England back in November 2012.

Steven Caulker and Ryan Shawcross made their England bows in the same game, a match which saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic score four goals, including that memorable bicycle kick.

Jon Flanagan

The former Liverpool full-back was actually one of Roy Hodgson's standby players for the 2014 World Cup and he made an appearance in one of the pre-tournament friendlies against Ecuador.

Given the match was a friendly, the current Rangers defender is still eligible to switch allegiances to the Republic of Ireland.

Kevin Davies

Davies comes on for Peter Crouch

The Bolton bulldozer, a striker who's playing style was the spitting image of 1980's English football.

Davies was a brute and an effective one at that, with his strength and passion rewarded in 2010 with an England debut against Montenegro.

Neil Ruddock

Razor Ruddock in an England shirt, the stuff of dreams.

The burly ex-Liverpool defender received his solitary cap for the Three Lions back in 1994 against Nigeria, the year that England failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Frazier Campbell

A journeyman of English football, Campbell bizarrely received his call-up in 2012 during his indifferent four-year spell with Sunderland.

In fact, Campbell had scored just six league goals in four years prior to earning his England cap, with interim boss Stuart Pearce bringing him off the bench in a friendly against Holland.

Martin Kelly

Kelly vs Norway

A classic case of, if you play for one of the Premier League's big six in the modern day and you're English, you're likely to receive a call-up.

Despite being far from a regular starter at Liverpool in 2012, Kelly - a very dependable defender these days with Palace - got the call to to face Norway, his only cap to this day.

Nathaniel Chalobah

Chalobah's undoubted talent has been hindered by a number of serious injuries, but his natural quality earned him an England call-up in 2018.

He came on for a matter of minutes at the end of the Three Lions' 3-2 win away at Spain in the UEFA Nations League and that's the last we've seen of him on the international stage.

Anthony Gardner

Tottenham players are a common sight in the England squad these days, but they certainly weren't back in 2004.

Spurs were far from a top six side, but Gardner somehow convinced Sven-Goran Eriksson to play him against Sweden as a substitute for Jonathan Woodgate.

David Dunn

Dunn in action

In the same game that Bowyer made his England bow, Dunn also notched his first cap for the Three Lions.

The midfielder - famous for stacking it attempting a Rabona for Birmingham - was thriving for Blackburn at the time, but does anyone remember him in an England shirt? Sorry, David.

Lee Hendrie

The man who played for 16 different clubs after leaving Aston Villa in 2007 did manage to earn his stripes in an England jersey.

Hendrie won his cap as a youngster in 1998, coming off the bench against Czech Republic.

So there you have it, a 15-man strong army and there's no denying that England have a mighty impressive one-cap wonder list.

And one look down that list will surely give the litany of talented uncapped players currently in the Premier League hope.

Jack Grealish, Lewis Dunk, Harvey Barnes and more are yet to receive a call, but if Campbell and Kelly can do it, surely they can, right?

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