Premier League: Uncapped XI


International managers now have a wealth of talent to choose from and, as a result, some players are still waiting to make an appearance for their countries.

These are some of the best Premier League players that remain uncapped: 

Goalkeeper: David de Gea | Spain

A brilliant shot-stopper and uses his legs to great effect like no other goalkeeper. He can be a bit unreliable and weak when the ball is in the air but he has a very bright future ahead of him. He is only 22, but his inconsistency for Manchester United has prevented him forcing his way into the Spanish national side.

He will certainly have a great chance of becoming the Spain No. 1 when Casillas, already 31, starts to slow down.

Right-back: Angel Rangel | Spain

He's been one of Swansea City's most consistent players in their recent rise to prominence in the Premier League. He is a very solid defensive player but is perhaps not quite as effective when attacking.

Going on 31 in November it is very unlikely that he will ever get the chance to represent his country, especially with strength and depth that Spain have in the right-back position.

Centre-back: Sylvain Distin | France

In his 13th season in the top flight of English football and with over 400 games in the Premier League, no one can accuse him of lacking in experience.

Always a formidable defender and standing at 6'4", Distin is a force in the air. He was approached to play for Guadeloupe in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup but rejected to focus on pre-season with Everton.

Centre-back: Nedum Onuoha | England

Capped 21 times by England at under-21 level, Onuoha has always had great potential, but this has yet to transform into real quality.

He is an incredibly quick defender: clocking 11.09 seconds in a 100m sprint when he was just 14. Only aged 26, Onuoha still has a chance to get into the England squad, but he will have to find some of the form and quality that earned him so many caps for the under-21s.

Left-back: Jose Enrique | Spain

Probably the most surprising player on the team, Enrique has been a consistent Premier League player for both Newcastle and Liverpool.

He has brilliant pace and prowess on the ball, mixed with strength and a pure desire to get to the ball first. In the 2009/10 season, he was named the Newcastle United Player of the Season, as well as being named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year.

Right-wing: Scott Sinclair | England

The 2011/12 season was Sinclair's breakthrough season. After a series of loan spells at Chelsea, never really performing for the Blues, he moved to Swansea in 2010 and never looked back.

He has amazingly quick feet in possession, which prompted Manchester City to buy him. However, games are few and far between for Sinclair at City, which will never allow him to add to the caps he has received in the England youth teams.

Centre-midfield: Kevin Nolan | England

Every team would love a centre midfielder who has a knack for scoring goals and that is exactly what Nolan does. In the 2009/10 Kevin Nolan scored 17 goals and earned himself a place on the PFA Championship Team of the Year.

Going on 31, however, his chances of wearing the Three Lions on his chest are growing ever slimmer. He would have to show outstanding form for the remainder of his career to be noticed over young players like Jack Wilshere.

Centre-midfield: Mikel Arteta | Spain

Another high-profile Premier League player never to play for Spain simply demonstrates the strength and depth the team has.

With the ability to control a game like any Spanish centre midfielder, no one can argue with his talent; he was just unlucky to have the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas as his opposition in the Spanish squad.

With his form dipping at Arsenal as well it seems increasingly doubtful that Arteta will ever receive a cap.

Left-wing: Yoan Gouffran | France

With over 250 appearances in Ligue 1, Gouffran has had plenty of chances to be noticed for the French national team. However, he is only 26 and, if he can keep up the purple patch he is in at Newcastle, Gouffran will get his chance in a France shirt.

He has already been capped 22 times by the France under-21s so he is clearly packed with talent, He just needs to transform that talent into quality.

Striker: Michu | Spain

The bargain of the season by far - and Michu is enjoying his best season ever by far. Fourth in the Premier League top goalscorers chart with 16 goals for £2m isn't to be sniffed at.

Michu has already beaten his goal tally of 14 goals in 101 league appearances for Celta in 29 league appearances for Swansea. But this lack of quality throughout his whole career may be the reason why he has never played for Spain.

Striker: Rickie Lambert | England

The top scoring Englishman in the Premier League so far with 14 goals in 31 games, it's a shame Lambert has never been given a chance in the England squad.

He is a lethal finisher and even more lethal from the penalty spot, having never missed a penalty in his 31 attempts for Southampton. But as Southampton's manager Mauricio Pochettino said: "What surprised me is his mentality".

Lambert has a winning mentality and a work-rate that other strikers lack.


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