The most unfortunate Premier League players never to win a senior international cap

Arteta is one of the top flight's best player without an international cap. Photo: PA

English football is packed full of international stars but for some, the dream of representing their country on the big stage has never been fulfilled.

With the help our Twitter followers, we've put together a Premier League XI of players who've been particularly unfortunate when overlooked for senior international football.

Just the one criteria here, as we only considered players over 21 years-old.

David De Gea

Man United's number one is regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers around despite never playing for Spain's senior team. Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina and Victor Valdes are regularly selected ahead of the Red Devils' Premier League winner, but surely it's only a matter time?

De Gea pulled off a world class save at Sunderland last weekend. Credit: PA

Jose Enrique

With more than 200 appearances in England for Newcastle and Liverpool, Enrique probably feels a little aggrieved that Arsenal's Nacho Monreal - who is also 27 - has already amassed 14 caps for Spain.

Sylvain Distin

At 35, it seems unlikely that Sylvain Distin will ever win that elusive first cap for France. It must be painful for Everton's veteran centre half knowing that Pascal Chimbonda played for Les Blues in 2006, and he hasn't.

Distin has been one of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League. Credit: PA

Liam Ridgewell

Ten seasons in the Premier League for Liam Ridgewell, still no England caps. He won the FA Youth Cup with Aston Villa in 2002 and later picked up eight appearances for England's Under-21 side. Ridgewell, 29, is first choice centre half in a West Brom team who finished eighth last season, picked up three points at Old Trafford last month and frustrated league leaders Arsenal at the weekend.

Steven Taylor

Taylor captained England's Under-21 team, playing 29 times for the young Lions over five years. He earned a senior call from Steve McClaren in 2007 and one from Roy Hodgson earlier this year, failing to get on the pitch on either occasion. It's difficult to see the 27 year-old working his way back into Hodgson's plans given Newcastle's poor start to the season.

Taylor was in the England squad for the trip to Montenegro in March 2013. Credit: PA

Morgan Schneiderlin

The 23 year-old won every player of the year gong going at Southampton last season and admits it is a dream of his to play for France: "My ambition, personally, is to get in the (France) squad, so that’s why I’m working very hard on everything, but that’s the way it is."

Kevin Nolan

West Ham's 31 year-old captain has bagged 62 goals in over 330 top flight appearances without being recognised by England. "I think I have deserved a call throughout my career," he said back in August 2012. It's difficult to argue with Nolan, who's been forced to watch Seth Johnson and Jermaine Jenas pull on the Three Lions jersey.

Nolan's chicken dance has failed to impress a string of England managers. Credit: PA

Mikel Arteta

Arteta would probably be playing international football if he wasn't born in Spain. Unfortunately for Arsenal's midfield man, he's had to contend with the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas during a golden era for Spanish midfielders. Fellow Gooner Santi Cazorla still believes it's "strange" that Arteta has never been given a chance.

Jermaine Pennant

It's rare for an Englishman to play for Arsenal and Liverpool in the Premier League without forcing his way into England's senior team. Jermaine Pennant also played the full 90 minutes for Liverpool in the 2007 Champions League final, but at 30 years-old and struggling to start for Stoke, the odds are stacked against him now.

Pennant tussles with Clarence Seedorf in the 2007 Champions League final. Credit: PA

Gary Hooper

Harlow born Hooper tucked away 82 goals in four years at Celtic including four in last season's Champions League. He slotted away the opener in a 2-1 win over Spartak Moscow, below, and moved to Norwich recently with the aim of breaking into England's senior squad. Can Hooper force his way into Roy's team ahead of in-form Rickie Lambert, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck? Probably not.


Swansea's £2m bargain scored 18 goals in his debut Premier League campaign - more than any Englishman - for a team who were tipped to struggle. He helped Swansea win the League Cup and at 27, received a first international call-up last week after scoring in the Swans' 3-0 win at Valencia, below. Sadly for Michu, he'll have to compete with David Villa, Fernando Torres, Diego Costa, Alvaro Negredo, Roberto Soldado and Fernando Llorente for a place in Spain's World Cup squad. Good luck with that.