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The Alternative Uncapped England Squad

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Friday 23rd March 2018

The Alternative Uncapped England Squad

In the middle of the international break there are always debates over who should be in the squad, who has been lucky to miss out and so on. Fans and pundits alike will debate who should have been included, perhaps at the expense of another player. 

There is a whole host of players playing at a high level who are yet to earn a cap for the England national team: there is a certain 17-year old 'wonderkid' whose omission from the recent England squad was met with a mixed response, whilst a man double his age lies in double figures for Premier League goals this season. But do they make it into the alternative England squad, made up of uncapped players? 


Arguably the most difficult position to pick due to a lack of depth in the area when it comes to uncapped players, the goalkeeper in this side is none other than Angus Gunn. The Norwich City goalkeeper - on loan from Premier League leaders Manchester City - was included in the England squad in the last round of friendlies but did not make an appearance, thus not earning a cap. The 22-year old has been in fine form in his Norwich loan spell, and if he continues to develop in the way he is, it may not be long before he is forcing Gareth Southgate to consider him once more.

Full Backs

The first full back in our side is Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold. Currently training with the senior England side although not included in their friendly squad, the youngster has plenty of caps at various youth levels, and certainly seems to be somebody to keep an eye on as far as future England players goes. The man - or rather, teenager - lining up on the other side of the defence is Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon. With 14 league goals this season at the tender age of 17, many have called for Sessegnon to be on the plane to Russia in the summer - whether he will be remains to be seen, but he is certainly good enough to be included in our uncapped XI. Capable of playing at left back or further up on the wing, he is one of the hottest prospects in English football and certainly one to watch. 

Centre Backs

Jamaal Lascelles is the first centre half in our team, and the Newcastle United defender could perhaps consider himself somewhat unlucky that he has not been given his England chance yet considering the season he has had and Gareth Southgate's apparent willingness to experiment with his squad selections. Alongside him is Burnley's Ben Mee - consistently one of Burnley's best players, he will be watching teammate James Tarkowski get his England chance over the next week, and if he continues to be as solid as he has been in Sean Dyche's team it may not be long before he gets the call to join him on the international stage. 

Centre Midfielders

Our uncapped England XI takes on a three-man midfield. The first name in the side here is West Ham's Mark Noble. It was not too long ago that there were calls from many for Noble to link up with the England squad with the West Ham stalwart in fine form. Recent times have not seen such consistent performances from Noble but he is arguably the pick of all of the uncapped midfielders available to the 'Three Lions'. Joining him is Watford's Will Hughes, who has enjoyed a steady first season with 'The Hornets' and is somebody who has been touted as a future England star in the future. Finally, James Maddison of Norwich City makes the cut: with 13 goals and seven assists in the Championship this season, the 21-year old is coming into his own and has proven to be a match winner with his club side.


Ademola Lookman is currently out in Germany plying his trade with RB Leipzig, on loan from Everton, and has shown enough in his time with the two clubs to suggest he has bags of ability. Quick and tricky, he scored on his Leipzig debut and was a huge player for England's under 20 side that won the World Cup last year. On the opposite wing is Demarai Gray - coming into his own this season with Leicester City, Gray has shown himself to be adept at cutting inside from the wing and causing problems against Premier League opposition. There is still plenty of room for him to develop, and no doubt if he continues to do so then he will not be remaining an uncapped player for much longer.


When the recent England squad was announced, the omission of Glenn Murray was a talking point in some circles. The 34-year old has enjoyed a fruitful season with Brighton & Hove Albion, scoring plenty of goals to take his tally for the campaign to 11. With plenty of nimble, quick players around him, Murray could do plenty of damage in the box using his size and awareness as he does so week-in-week-out at club level. 

And if there needs to be a manager, why not Kevin Nolan? Currently the player-manager at Notts County, the ex-Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle and West Ham man was perhaps unlucky to miss out on an England cap in his prime, but he could finally get the chance to represent the 'Three Lions' as the man in the dugout. 

Who would you include in your alternative uncapped England squad? Let us know over on Twitter @TeamFA!

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