You’d assume that former captains of England youth teams would stand the best chance of making the grade for the senior side – or at least earning one cap for the mantlepiece. But you’re wrong.
Maybe this is where the Three Lions are going wrong? There’s no doubt loads of articles out there, about how Germany capped Bastian Schweinsteiger at the age of six and Manuel Neuer was given the armband when he was just an embryo, because we are told that everything those Germans do is so superior to us back in Queen’s country.
Although things are bad for England at international level, thankfully it never got so bad that some of these five were deemed a viable option for the senior side!
Ahh, good ol' Steven Taylor; the former Newcastle United defender is synomous with winning Oscars, nowadays. Currently messing around in the United States with Portland Timbers - the former England Under-21 captain had a Jonathan Woodgate-esque debut for the MLS side. Source: CDN
The first captain to ever lead an England side out at the new Wembley. It wasn't for the senior side, thankfully. God, can you imagine if the Three Lions ever got that desperate in the middle of the park?! Source: Playbuzz
The Chelsea midfielder is believed to hold the unofficial record of the most capped youth player. There's still hope for the midfielder to make the grade, but only if he leaves Stamford 'the place where youth players go to die' Bridge. Source: Standard
A weird move to Hamburg - but the English media called it 'brave' because that's the cliche rhetoric they enjoy. The centre-back is now back in England with Nottingham Forest, so yeah, that's about it. Source: talkSPORT
So bloody glad that smile is still around. Big, big things were expected of the midfielder, when a youth player at Arsenal, but it just wasn't meant to be. Source: Mirror