Cries from inside the Leicester camp have been advising Roy Hodgson to include Foxes hero Jamie Vardy in his next England squad after the son of Sheffield single-handedly destroyed Manchester United last time out.
The former Fleetwood striker had a hand in all the goals the east Midlands outfit plundered in their 5-3 demolition of Louis van Gaal’s men, prompting teammate Liam Moore to say:
“Can he be an international player? I don’t see why not.”
It’s a sentiment shared by the bwin.com odds gurus, who price the former non-league net-bulger up at 17/20 to win an England cap by June 1st 2015.
Vardy failing to claim some Three Lions’-branded headgear by the date in question pays out at the same rate, but judging from these no-hopers who made the international grade, the smart money says he’ll be anointed into the select brotherhood that includes:
The former Bolton and Middlesbrough forward attained international honours, via the same means as so many substandard footballers do, during a mid-season friendly.
Starting in Amsterdam alongside modern greats such as David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard, Ricketts lasted a full 45 minutes against the Netherlands in 2002 before being substituted, sparking a shocking downturn in fortunes.
He went on to score nine more top-flight goals in his career following his debut.
Tottenham, Everton and Hull all deemed the centre-back’s services of sufficient quality to pay real money to, though perhaps they allowed their judgement to be clouded by the fact that he’d represented his country on one occasion.
Sven Goran-Eriksson, the man responsible for handing Ricketts his national bow, bestowed the same recognition on Gardner against Sweden in the run up to Euro 2004.
While the quality of the flying Arsenal man dwarves that of his page mates, his inclusion in the Three Lions’ 2006 World Cup party was particularly mind-boggling given he’d never played for the Gunners’ first team.
The Bolton folk hero warranted a cap for his exploits at the Reebok, but it probably came about seven years too late.
At 33, he became the oldest England debutant in 60 years when coming off the bench in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro, but advancing years limited his ability to give the former Serbian state the roughhousing treatment that allowed him to make his name in the Premier League.