England oddities: Frazier who?

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Far from being an odd choice in an otherwise predictable England squad announced for the upcoming friendly against the Netherlands, Frazier Campbell follows in a long line of oddities to have been selected to wear the famous white shirt.


These player’s aren’t just your standard one cap wonders (although some are members of that selective club), oh no, plenty of good players have appeared only once for their country and not appeared again for a manner of reasons.


These are the players that come so far from left field that some have to Google their names to find out just who they are.


Matt Jarvis


To be fair to Fabio Capello, his hand was somewhat forced by injuries to Theo Walcott and Adam Johnson for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales last year - although not that forced come to think of it as he could still call upon both Ashley Young and Aaron Lennon on the right wing.


Still Jarvis was deemed necessary and was called up for the game, with the BBC lauding his ‘solid’ start to the season as reason for his ‘shock’ inclusion, the very definition of being damned by faint praise.


Jarvis didn’t make it on to the pitch for that game but did play in the next fixture, a friendly against Ghana. Capello promptly dropped him from his next squad for the fixture against France, prompting then Wolves boss Mick McCarthy to accuse the Italian of making him look like a fool after he had been premature with his announcement that "that he'd been named (in the squad)”.


Where are they now? Still plugging away for Wolves with McCarthy pushing his case for an England recall recently before he was promptly sacked. The two are probably not related.


Michael Ricketts


Former Bolton boss Sam Allardyce once described Michael Ricketts as the ‘new Ruud van Nistelrooy’, with the forward becoming Bolton’s first player to pull on an England shirt since Freddie Hill in 1963 when he played against Holland in 2002.


That night, of the 11 that made it on to the pitch at the Amsterdam Arena, ten played in England’s opening game of the 2002 World Cup. Guess who didn’t make it?


Where are they now? Sadly that game marked the high point of his career as he slowly fell out of favour at Bolton as he struggled with his weight. Currently without a club after spells at Middlesbrough, Leeds, Southend, Preston, Oldham, Walsall, and Tranmere, Rickets pleaded guilty to a common assault charge and was handed a 12 month community order and fined £200.

Jay Bothroyd


By no stretch of the imagination are England blessed with a host of international quality strikers.


For their friendly against France in 2010, England were able to call upon the following forwards: Andy Carroll, Carlton Cole, Peter Crouch, and Jay Bothroyd, who became the first Cardiff City player ever to represent the Three Lions thanks to his 18 minute run out.


A left field choice given his advancing years and the fact he was still playing in the Championship at that point, Capello soon realised the error of his ways and omitted him from his next squad.


Where are they now? Plying his trade in the Premier League with QPR.


Chris Powell


A walking embodiment of England’s lack of any quality whatsoever at full-back (which couldn’t have done his confidence much good) during the early days of Sven Goran-Eriksson’s reign, Chris Powell at 31-years-old became the oldest man to earn an England call up since Syd Owen (not that one) when he made his debut against Spain in 2001.


Described in The Telegraph as ‘symbolic’ of Eriksson’s reign at the time which turned out to not quite be the compliment as they might have intended, Powell went on to win five caps before Ashely Cole emerged as the future for England at left back.


Where are the now? Doing an excellent job as Charlton manager, with the Addicks currently occupying top spot in League One.


Seth Johnson


Before the heady days of Sven Goran-Eriksson, Peter Taylor was charged with selecting an England side for a friendly against a European powerhouse and opted for an unusual call-up – something Stuart Pearce gave a knowing nod to this week.


While much of the headlines were dominated by David Beckham’s ascendency to England captain for the game, Johnson’s selection also occupied it’s fair share of column inches as most wondered why the Derby County man was handed a debut alongside fellow new boys Gareth Barry and Jamie Carragher.


His England career lasted a sum total of 17 minutes as England went down 1-0 in Turin.


Where are they now? After injury and a strange financial wrangle that blighted his career a Leeds having moved there from Derby in 2001, Johnson is currently without a club having had a second stint at Pride Park in 2007.

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