Football League XI: England internationals

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Not got enough money for Premier League tickets because of the expensive Christmas period? Well, not to worry, there are other options.

In the week when Darren Bent stepped down to the Championship, here is a compiled XI of stars who have all featured for the England national side, but now find themselves playing in the lower leagues.

Going to watch most teams in the Championship, League One and League Two is usually nowhere near as expensive as visiting a Premier League ground, so we've listed where these former international stars are playing for you to go and see over the busy Christmas schedule.

GK - Paul Robinson: ‘Robbo’ featured 41 times for England over a four year period, which saw him start at the 2006 World Cup finals. However, Robinson will most notably be remembered for the back pass which skipped over his foot and in against Croatia. Robinson now plays for Blackburn Rovers in the Championship.


Jonathan Woodgate: He played just eight times for England but with a nine-year gap between his first and last caps. Woodgate looked such a promising young defender and even got a move to Real Madrid at the age of 24. However, his career was ruined by injuries. Now, at the age of 34, you can find him playing for Middlesbrough.

Michael Mancienne: An ever-present in the England Under-21’s and although he never made his full England debut, he did find himself in the squad on a couple of occasions. Mancienne’s career has declined once he finally left Chelsea and now plays for Nottingham Forest.

Nicky Shorey: Known for his time with Reading and Fulham, Shorey was only capped twice for England, but the games don’t come much bigger, playing against Brazil and Germany. However Shorey’s career since then has not been quite so glamorous and he now is a regular for League Two strugglers Portsmouth.

Stephen Warnock: Now playing for Championship side Leeds United, Warnock was part of the England’s 2010 World Cup squad, after being controversially selected ahead of Leighton Baines. He didn’t feature at the tournament for England but still has two caps to his name.


David Dunn: Most people remember David Dunn for the infamous failed skill during his time at Birmingham (If you don’t, then YouTube it!). However, Dunn was also a fairly decent footballer and in 2002 won his first and last cap for England against Portugal. Dunn now plays, alongside Robinson, for Blackburn Rovers.

Scott Parker: Despite captaining the national side just over two years ago, Parker finds himself in a Championship dog fight with his side Fulham. As well as playing for many London sides such as Chelsea, West Ham and Tottenham, Parker won 18 caps for England.

Lee Hendrie: Who? Lee Hendrie was once upon a time a Premier League ever-present and featured over 300 times for Aston Villa. Hendrie won his only cap in a friendly against Czech Republic in 1998 and now finds himself playing for Bashford United in the Midland League.

Alan Smith: No, I am not on about the legendary Arsenal forward. I am on about the Alan Smith that played for Man United and Leeds United before suffering a horrendous injury. Smith now plays for Notts County in League One. He is at the end of a career which saw him feature 19 times for the national side.


Darren Bent: As stated at the top, Bent has just joined Championship side Brighton on loan for the season. It’s a shame because Bent always seemed to produce in the Premier League when needed but for England featured just 13 times for England scoring four goals.

Kevin Davies: Now 37 years old but still doing a job in League One for Preston. This once permanent feature in Bolton’s Premier League side made just one appearance for England, which was back in 2010.

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