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International snubs

Who are the best uncapped players in the Premier League?

Representing your country is the pinnacle of most footballers’ career.

But plenty of good players don’t get the chance to pull on the national shirt, and plenty of average players do.

It all comes down to timing. After all, if you’re an elite German keeper with Manuel Neuer blocking your route to the national side, you’re not going to have much luck.

So who are the best uncapped players currently strutting their stuff in the Premier League, and what are their chances of international honours in the future?



Marcos Alonso

Both Alonso’s dad and granddad turned out for Spain, so the pressure is on for the 26-year-old.

He was a member of Spain’s Under-19 European Championship squad in 2009, for whom the biggest success stories have been David De Gea and Thiago Alcantara.

His form at left-wing back for Chelsea this season must have caught the eye of Julen Lopetegui, although there’s still the small matter of Jordi Alba to get past.



Tom Davies

Don’t let the beard fool you- Davies is still only 18 and has yet to play 20 games for Everton’s first-team.

But his international pedigree has already turned heads. Not only was he captain of England’s Under-17 side at the World Cup in 2015, he was also invited to train with the senior side by Roy Hodgson.

A shoo-in for senior caps in the future.



Manuel Lanzini

Argentine midfielder Lanzini holds duel Argentine and Italian nationality, increasing the possibility of a future international career.

He was born in Buenos Aires and turned out for the Argentina Under-20 side, alongside current international Matias Kranevitter.

While his short-term international prospects look bleak, Argentina’s ‘golden generation’ are entering their thirties, so Lanzini shouldn’t be counted out just yet.



Francis Coquelin

The French have their own word for a player like Coquelin- porteur d’eau- as made famous by Eric Cantona’s disparaging remarks about Didier Deschamps.

Coquelin has grown into the role at Arsenal, and is noticeable by his absence when he doesn’t play, but a certain N’Golo Kante has made the position his own for France.

With 43 youth caps to his name there’s not much more Coquelin could have done to make a name for himself inside the French setup.



Nathan Redmond

Redmond is the type of player whose sheer pace terrifies defenders but lack of end product terrifies managers.

At Southampton he’s becoming a more rounded player and building on the promise that saw him capped 33 times for England Under-21 sides.

Redmond has been putting in more consistent performances than recent England call ups Jesse Lingard and Andros Townsend, and is well known to Gareth Southgate. International cap imminent.



Jordan Pickford

Pickford’s early season form with Sunderland saw him included in Southgate’s squad, but injury has since kept him in the physio’s room.

With Joe Hart’s future far from certain Pickford’s next task will be to establish himself as the front-runner for the gloves, ahead of Tom Heaton, Fraser Forster and Jack Butland.

A big summer move could see him further enhance his international credentials.




Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Fosu-Mensah has endeared himself to Jose Mourinho, which is never an easy task for a young player under the Portuguese manager’s tuition.

He was called up to the Holland squad in May last year, having only made a handful of United appearances, but later dropped out as he wasn’t fully fit.

Fosu-Mensah can expect to be called upon in the future though, with Holland left with little choice but to integrate a youthful policy under Danny Blind.



Michail Antonio

Antoino could become the latest player to complete the journey from non-league to full England honours.

He was named in Sam Allardyce’s one and only squad, but never stepped foot on the pitch.

However, with eight Premier League goals to his name, tactical flexibility and age on his side, it would be a real shock if Antonio doesn’t pull an England shirt on very soon.



Trent Alexander-Arnold

One of the most intriguing parts of Steven Gerrard’s autobiography was when he talked about Alexander-Arnold.

The Liverpool legend claimed ‘England are all over him’ and that’s unlikely to have changed since he broke into the first-team under Jurgen Klopp.

Now he needs to lock down a position, be it full-back or midfield, so he doesn’t fall foul of the ‘jack of all trades’ tag that has hampered many before him.



Charlie Austin

In three seasons in the Premier League Austin has scored a very respectable 25 goals in 54 games, despite 35 of those matches coming as part of a relegated QPR team.

He was called up to the England squad for the first time in May 2015, along with Jamie Vardy, but never got the nod.

If he can come back from injury and rediscover his scoring touch there’s every chance Southgate will reward him for his efforts.