Future England stars of the Football League

During England’s European Championship qualifier with Switzerland last week, The Seventy Two asked Football League fans whether there were any players currently at their club who may play for England one day.

It is rarely that simple, of course. And it was a slightly hypocritical question given the opinion piece published on this very site on the subject of Connor Wickham a couple of months ago.

Nevertheless, here are the names that were put forward – with help from Sky Sports presenter David Jones and the Football League’s official Twitter account.

At the end of the season, memory permitting, it will be interesting to take a look back at how these players have performed and whether they are any closer to pulling on the (in?)famous Three Lions jersey.

If you have a suggestion of your own, then please comment below and their name will be added to the rather top-heavy squad here:


Scott Loach (Watford)

Alex McCarthy (Reading)

Alex Smithies (Huddersfield Town)


Ryan Bertrand (Nottingham Forest, on loan from Chelsea)

Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace)

Craig Dawson (Rochdale, on loan from West Bromwich Albion)

Jack Hobbs (Leicester City)

Matthew Mills (Reading)


Tom Adeyemi (Bradford City, on loan from Norwich City)

Adam Lallana (Southampton)

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)


Charlie Austin (Swindon Town)

Shaun Jeffers (Cheltenham Town, on loan from Coventry City)

Nicky Maynard (Bristol City)

Nick Powell (Crewe Alexandra)

Martyn Waghorn (Leicester City)

Connor Wickham (Ipswich Town)

The Seventy Two
The Seventy Two published an outstanding series of articles about the Football League between 2010-12 and was the brainchild of Leicester City fan, David Bevan. As well as collaborating with The Two Unfortunates on the Football League Blog Network and a mammoth 2011-12 season preview, the site featured a host of leading bloggers and David was rewarded with a nomination in the 2011 Football Supporters’ Federation awards. Latterly, he was joined as co-editor by Joe Harrison and TTU is happy to present this archive of the site’s output.


  1. seviÅŸme
    September 14, 2010

    Very good …!!

  2. Supertec
    September 14, 2010

    Saw Alex Smithies against Orient on Saturday – he was well shielded by two dirty great big centre backs, and admittedly didn’t have a great amount of work, but we still wheeled out the “dodgy keeper” chant. Didn’t appear particularly confident, wouldn’t say he looks like a potential international.


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