United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann has overseen the inauguration of brave new eras at two national teams now, yet he was given the boot five games before the end of his sole season in charge of Bayern Munchen.
That’s why he handles dugout duties for our much-better-internationally XI…
Rustu Recber – Turkey
An immovable object for Bernard Matthews’ second side at the 2002 World Cup, the pirate-alike gloveman spurned Internazionale, AC Milan, Arsenal, Valencia, Manchester United, Liverpool and Juventus to move to Barcelona, but played a mere four times for the Blaugrana.
Gonzalo Jara – Chile
Surplus to requirements at West Brom and Nottingham Forest, ‘Scarlett’ Jara has long been a trusted cog in Jorge Sampaoli’s attractive side, winning 69 caps.
Nikos Dabizas – Greece
A lumbering liability most famous for getting bamboozled by Dennis Bergkamp at Newcastle, Dabizas still found the time to amass 70 caps for the Piratikos, pouching a Euro 2004 winner’s medal for his efforts.
Gary Breen – Republic of Ireland
So compelling were his showings for Mick McCarthy’s men at the 2002 World Cup that Barcelona were interested in acquiring Breen on a free, instead he went to West Ham, where he endured a miserable 14-game spell.
Andre Santos – Brazil
Arsenal fans that saw Santos’ vibrant displays for the Selecao as they landed the 2009 Confederations Cup must have suspected a Luther Blissett-style case of mistaken identity when he signed on at the Emirates two years later.
John Obi Mikel – Nigeria
An entertainment vacuum throughout his 12-year Stamford Bridge tenure, being better for the Super Eagles wouldn’t be hard.
Mikel made the team of the tournament as his country won the 2013 African Cup of Nations.
Paulinho – Brazil
So integral to the Selecao cause is ‘Small Paul’ that he has kept Premier League champion Fernandinho out of the XI, despite the latter looking by some way the better player in England last term.
David Healy – Northern Ireland
The archetypal better-internationally player netted against Spain, Italy, Germany and England during a 36-goal, 95-cap cross-border career, but managed just 44 Premier League appearances.
James McFadden – Scotland
A cult hero north of the border for 51 caps strewn with superb goals, the two-time Motherwell man has managed to net more than six in a league campaign just once in 14 seasons of club football.
Miroslav Klose – Germany
Although the co-opted German has had a respectable career in domestic football Bayern Munchen must have wondered where the phenomenon they’d seen in the national jersey had gone during a humdrum spell at the Allianz Arena.
El Hadji Diouf – Senegal
Elected to the World Cup 2002 All Star Team, ‘The Assassin’ assassinated a total of three Premier League goals for Liverpool, before a nomadic wander across the footballing fields of England began.