England: An uncapped XI

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Over the years a number of players have been given somewhat undeserved international recognition, while a host of consistent, if unspectacular players, continue to be overlooked.

With Roy Hodgson understandably looking to the future, young talents like Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley have been thrusted onto the international scene after just a handful of Premier League appearances.

While, under the stewardship of Fabio Capello, Jay Bothroyd and Kevin Davies somehow became England internationals and if you go back as far as the Sven Goran Eriksson era there are caps for the likes of Gavin McCann and Michael Ricketts.

Despite the huge number of players earning call-ups to our national side, a select few continue to be overlooked, despite their consistent displays.

With this in mind, GMS Academy member, Thomas Hember has put together a team made up of those who have yet to be given the recognition their performances deserve. 

Goalkeeper - Fraser Forster

Yes, Forster has been included in Roy Hodgson's last five England squads, but he is yet to make it onto the field of play.

Forster has been impressive for Celtic for three years now and, with Joe Hart having been nowhere near at his best for a while, he should have been given a chance by now.

Right-back - Tony Hibbert

Don't press refresh, you've read that right. Having made over 250 league appearances for a continuously solid Everton side, why shouldn't Hibbert have got a chance to represent his country?

A number of players have tried, and failed, to replace Gary Neville on the right side of defence while Hibbert continued to go about his business quietly for Everton.

Centre-back - James Tomkins

Still only 24, there's still time for Tomkins to earn himself plenty of caps, but we're unsure why he's still looking for that elusive first one to arrive.

Michael Dawson, Steven Caulker and Ryan Shawcross have all had a chance in the centre of England's defence but this strong, composed, talented centre-back continues to be overlooked.

Centre-back - Curtis Davies 

Davies is another who has been called into England squads without ever actually playing, and despite having spent the previous two seasons in the Championship with Birmingham, he can feel rightly disappointed.

Once a big money signing for Aston Villa, the 28-year-old is back in the Premier League and has produced several dominating performances for Hull City this season. Despite early-season form, he's been overlooked by Roy Hodgson and is unlikely to earn the recognition his ability deserves.

Left-back - Danny Rose

With Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines ahead of him in the pecking order, Rose wouldn't expect to be any higher than third in the pecking order but, with Kieran Gibbs and Ryan Bertrand featuring for the national side, he should have had a cap by now.

Having excelled during a loan spell at Sunderland last season, it's a surprise Rose wasn't awarded with a call-up to the senior squad. With 29 caps for the under 21 side, the Tottenham man will be desperate to prove he can compete with Cole and Baines.

Right-wing - Jermaine Pennant

Arsenal splashed out £2million to sign a 15-year-old Pennant from Notts County in 1999 but he's now best known for being the first, and probably the last, player to appear in the Premier League while wearing an electronic tag following his imprisonment for driving offences while playing for Birmingham City.

Since then Pennant has carved out a successful career in the Premier League with Liverpool and Stoke but, despite being a Champions League runner up with Liverpool in 2007, he's never been called up to the Three Lions squad.

With numerous wingers being tried on the right for England since David Beckham stood down as captain, it's a wonder Pennant's pin-point crossing has never been called upon.

Central midfield - Mark Noble

Mark Noble personifies the term "all-action midfielder". Strong in the tackle, energetic and comfortable in possession, Noble would undoubtedly bring pride and passion to a Three Lions shirt.

With Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard nearing the end of their careers there could be a spot opening up in the England midfield but, despite consistently impressive displays for West Ham, Noble rarely gets linked with a call-up.

Central midfield - Craig Gardner

Gardner, like Noble, has been a consistent performer in the Premier League without ever being spoken about as an England player. 

With a hammer of a right foot, the diminutive midfielder could provide a regular goal threat should he ever be called upon, but has been constantly overlooked for less experienced talents, such as Tom Cleverley and Jake Livermore. 

Central midfield - Kevin Nolan

Perhaps the most deserving of all the men in this team is West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan. 

Having made his Premier League debut in 2001, Nolan has hit the net with the kind of regularity some strikers would be proud of, helping himself to 62 Premier League goals along the way.

Capable of playing in central midfield or behind a lone striker, it's impossible to understand why Nolan has never been called upon by his country. At 31, an international call-up is probably out the window, but Rickie Lambert has proved it's never too late to become an England star.

Left-wing - Matthew Etherington

England have famously always struggled to find someone to fill the void on the left hand side of their midfield, so when Etherington played a major role in turning unfashionable Stoke City into an established Premier League side, you'd expect him to get a call-up to the nation side, right? Wrong.

The former Spurs trainee may not be the most gifted winger in the world but accurate crossing, endless running and countless assists should have seen him given a chance. Instead managers have persisted to play people out of position to fill the gap.

Striker - Gary Hooper

It's often said that it's easier to score goals in Scotland than it is in the Premier League, but when you're banging them in as often as Gary Hooper was over the last two seasons, you'd be right to feel aggrieved at not getting your chance with the Three Lions.

Only 25, Hooper has made the move south and joined Norwich City in a move which will surely help his chances of fulfilling his international ambitions. A call-up would be a major achievement for a man who was playing for Scunthorpe in 2010. 

Manager - Harry Redknapp

We couldn't leave this team of uncapped players without a manager and who better to pick than Harry Redknapp.

Redknapp was favourite to take charge of England in 2012 before Roy Hodgson was given the nod, and now finds himself managing in the Championship with QPR. 

Loved by fans and media alike, Redknapp would surely be a 'triffic' appointment.

James Tomkins
Tony Hibbert
Kevin Nolan
Craig Gardner
Jermaine Pennant
Mark Noble
Curtis Davies
Gary Hooper
Matthew Etherington
Danny Rose
Fraser Forster

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