For next 2 weeks, International friendlies will dominated the headlines with some of the most talented players called to represented their countries. Despite many young names featuring in the recent round of International matches, there were plenty of players who were deemed not good enough by their International manager.
On that note we went ahead and looked at five seasoned campaigners who have been the mainstays for their clubs for more than 4-5 seasons but still have failed to impress their national managers.
Mark Noble (West Ham United)
Many were surprised to see Mark Noble’s name missing from Roy Hodgson’s squad for the upcoming friendlies vs. Germany and Netherlands. Noble has played 251 Premier League games for West Ham scoring 39 goals.
Noble has 47 youth level caps for West Ham but still has no chance of making it to Euro 2016 unless an injury to his International teammate. He will have to watch the upcoming games from his living room as England play two Internationals in coming days.
Francis Coquelin (Arsenal)
Arsenal fans cannot sing enough praises of their new found midfield star Francis Coquelin. But it goes to show the strength of France’s midfield that Coquelin is not even able to get a look in. Coquelin has made 173 club appearances and has 43 youth level caps for his country.
Despite having his best season at Arsenal, Coquelin looks set to miss out on the Euro 2016 bus which leaves in about 2 months’ time.
Ander Herrera (Manchester United)
Like France, Spain have a huge pool of talented midfielders to pick from and unfortunately for Ander Herrera, he is the one to miss out on yet again. He has 278 club appearances and 30 junior level caps for Spain but is still behind the likes of Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Juan Mata in line to play for his country.
Age is on Herrera’s side, he is only 26 right now and has a chance to play for his country in World Cup 2018 and Euro 2020. Patience Ander …. Patience.
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
We have put him on the list simply because of his remarkable season with Arsenal. Despite sending the Gunners fans in to a frenzy, he is yet to convince Vicente Del Bosuqe to select him for the national side.
Despite the most recent omission, there is no doubting Bellerin’s ability to play for Spain in coming next decade or so. It is his club future which needs sorting, as he could head to Barcelona in coming seasons.
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United)
Roy Hodgson seems to be rather unkind on his West Ham players as he ended up omitting Aaron Cresswell from the upcoming friendlies vs. Germany and Holland. Cresswell has played 293 club games and is still the fourth choice left back for his country.
Hodgson has opted to select Danny Rose and Ryan Bertrand ahead of him with Luke Shaw being the first choice who is currently ruled out due to a broken right foot. Cresswell is 26-year old and needs to push for his place in England’s national side in coming years.
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