Evan Toni’s excellent start to the season with Brentford has earned him a call-up for Gareth Southgate’s Nations League matches in England next week.
The next time Southgate names England’s squad, it will be his side at the World Cup. So what are the omens for Tony? any other Inexpensive players came to England teams At this late stage before the World Cup and have they gone to great things? Or even the World Cup?
In the unlikely event that Evan Tony will read this, a quick message: Evan, don’t read this. It…doesn’t look good.
Disclaimer and Warnings: The timings for this season obviously make things a bit different, but all of the below were not specified when named to the final squad for the season ahead of the World Cup summer. It’s usually around March or April, which is where we are now on the Qatar timeline. So it kind of works, right?
April 2002 – Matt Janssen
The England team, selected for a 4-0 win, dominated Paraguay with the birth of a legend. A week before the match, three days before Sven-Goran Eriksson named his 25-man squad and 51 days until the World Cup kicks off, David Beckham was given a boot-up by Deportivo La Coruna’s Pedro Docher in the Champions League quarter-finals. His feet are bruised and bleeding. The next day, an X-ray confirmed that he had fractured the second metatarsal in his left foot. “What is a metatarsal?” asks a confused and anxious nation that will never have to ask that question again as it is about to embark on a period of massive mass insanity that seems oddly appropriate 20 years later.
All we’re saying is that if there was a queue to pay your respects to Beckham’s foot, it would have taken at least 12 hours. The first tabloid pages encouraged readers to pray for the wound to heal. This was the biggest story in town from that moment until the veracity of Beckham’s story was confirmed, whose tale seemed to be completed with that crucial goal against Greece, and would complete the actual end of this payback story with a winning penalty against Argentina after a truly hilarious dive from Michael Owen. He then jumped away by interfering in preparation for Brazil’s goal in the quarter-finals. Was he thinking about his half-healing foot? We will never know. What we do know is that the man who initially benefited from Beckham’s injury was, to the general surprise, Matt Jansen of Blackburn.
A stomach defect forced him to withdraw from the team, and despite being measured for a suit, he was omitted from the Round of 23 finals for Japan and Korea and never won a full international cap.
February/March 2006 – Darren Bent
Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney are the obvious first choice for Sven-Goran Eriksson ahead of his second and final World Cup appearance with England, with Peter Crouch assigned as the first reserve/team point off the bench. Owen’s injury gave in-form striker Charlton Darren Bennett a chance for a friendly against Uruguay, establishing what appears to be a penalty shootout with Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe to finish fourth and final in the squad.
Bent starts against Uruguay, with Crouch and Defoe off the bench as England trailed 1-0 to win 2-1. Crouch, who wears number 21 on the front of his shirt and shorts but 12 on his back for some reason, scores 75The tenthequalizer in the minute before Joe Cole gets to the winner in injury time.
Then come May, when Ericsson has to name his World Cup squad, he leaves Bennett altogether, Defoe appears in the queue and decides to pick 17-year-old Theo Walcott who has yet to appear in the Premier League with Arsenal.
“I’ve finally decided just this morning,” laughs Eriksson who was delighted to be laid off at the team announcement, which also includes the first call-up of Tottenham teenager Aaron Lennon which while there is still at least one gamble based on some available first – the evidence team.
Asked how he made the decision to choose Walcott over Girl or Defoe, Erickson said: “Maybe it’s not very logical. Sometimes you do it on feelings too and I’m excited about Theo Walcott.”
Walcott was undergoing a driving theory test when the announcement was made. he passed.
February/March 2010 – Ryan Shawcross, Stephen Warnock, Leighton Baines
With a piece of laser-guided timing, Shawcross was named to Fabio Capello’s squad for a friendly against Egypt literally hours after he was sent off for breaking Aaron Ramsey in half with one of the most notorious challenges in the Premier League. After leaving the field in tears at what he did, Shawcross finished the day at least with some good news.
He was joined by the unselected duo of Stephen Warnock and Leighton Baines, who found themselves in head-to-head competition for the all-important role as a replacement for undisputed top left-back Ashley Cole after Wayne Bridge announced his international retirement.
Warnock would eventually win that battle and in the process become the scourge of Sporcle competitions from that day until the end of days.
As for Shawcross, he was an unused substitute against Egypt and had to wait until November 2012 to finally make his long-awaited England debut. He came off the bench 16 minutes before the friendly match against Sweden in which Roy Hodgson’s team had a 2-1 lead. Sixteen minutes and three goals for Zlatan Ibrahimovic later – including a ridiculous overhead kick from 30 yards – Sweden won 4-2 and Shawcross’s career in England, he said, “is over before it begins”.
February/March 2014 – Look Show
By a wide margin, the most successful player came out of these squads. One of only three players to score for England in a major tournament final, Shaw was called up for the first time as an 18-year-old Southampton prodigy for a friendly in March against Denmark as Roy Hodgson finalized his plans for England’s trip to Brazil.
It was a slight surprise, not because the Xu Saints form did not deserve international recognition. The fact that Cole and Baines were there as well meant Shaw’s presence made him three left-back midfielders in a squad that also includes three recognized centre-backs. Those three defenders are Gary Cahill, Stephen Kolker and Chris Smalling.
Shaw was eventually named to Hodgson’s final 23 for Brazil with Baines, bringing the end of Cole’s career in England.
Liverpool’s 19-year-old winger, Raheem Sterling, also got a call-up for Hodgson’s squad to face Denmark after making his debut 17 months ago in a showcross-Zlatan game. Honestly, there is a whole story to tell about six The players who made their England debut that night in Stockholm: Shawcross, Sterling, Leon Osman, Kolker, Karl Jenkinson and Wilfried Zaha.
March 2018 – Alfie Mawson, Louis Cook, Nick Pope and James Tarkowski
It would be easy to read this a lot to think that England was a bit of a mess until Gareth Southgate came along with his calm and logical thinking, whatever your opinions about his often pedestrian and sober brand, it provided England at least. Some consistency and an end to this kind of late mayhem before the tournament.
And then you look at the team three months before the 2018 World Cup and you see James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook and – what are Alfie Mawson waiting for?
yes. Alfie Mawson was among four players who did not participate in a friendly match against the Netherlands and Italy in March.
He will never make an international appearance for England and currently plays for Wycombe in League One.
In fact, Cook had been called up the year before for a friendly against Brazil and only earned his international match (so far) against Italy before being named to the five-man waiting list when Southgate’s World Cup squad was confirmed. Tarkovsky played both games before joining Cook on the standby roster, only to have a hernia operation to rule him out completely.
Bob is still a big part of the team now although he never managed to oust Jordan Pickford as Southgate’s first choice. It’s easy to forget now, how ambiguous the England goalkeeper’s situation was before the World Cup.
There were four goalkeepers in the March squad, with the experience and leadership qualities of Joe Hart holding him in place despite the collapse of his club’s form. It is not difficult Draw Harry Maguire comparisons here. actually?
Hart was unable to make it to Russia in the end, and instead Southgate prefers to pick three guards into his final team that garnered just 12 games between them. Eight of those were from Jack Butland. England’s opening World Cup match against Tunisia was Jordan Pickford’s fourth appearance, which is looking pretty crazy now.