Is playing football for England a good career move for Jack Grealish?

A staggering 348 football players have played once for England … and never again. As the old adage goes “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”

  • A total of 37 of these players scored on their debut and never played for England again !!!
    • Five of these scored a hat trick on their debut
      • How can you score a hat-trick and never get picked again???
    • Five of these scored two goals on their first and only appearance for England
    • Twenty-seven players scored a one goal on their debut

This might seem odd, given that anyone scoring a goal for England on his full international debut nowadays would mean instant stardom, lucrative sponsorship deals and, possibly … a new agent.

More importantly, with all of the ‘home nations’ (except Scotland) now looking likely to qualify for Euro 2016, will England try to disrupt them by playing as many young players as he can between now and then ???

Name Caps Goals Opponent
Albert Allen 1 3 Ireland
Frank Bradshaw 1 3 Austria
John Veitch 1 3 Wales
John Yates 1 3 Ireland
Walter Gilliat 1 3 Ireland
Billy Moore 1 2 Sweden
Harold Halse 1 2 Austria
Joe Payne 1 2 Finland
John Haines 1 2 Switzerland
William Kenyon-Slaney 1 2 Scotland
Alfred Lyttelton 1 1 Scotland
Arthur Goodyer 1 1 Scotland
Bill Nicholson 1 1 Portugal
Billy Brown 1 1 Belgium
Billy Kirton 1 1 Northern Ireland
Charles Alcock 1 1 Scotland
Danny Wallace 1 1 Egypt
David Nugent 1 1 Andorra
Francis Jeffers 1 1 Australia
Geoff Bradford 1 1 Denmark
Harold Miller 1 1 Sweden
Herbert Whitfeld 1 1 Wales
Jack Lee 1 1 Northern Ireland
Jackie Morton 1 1 Czechoslovakia
James Moore 1 1 Sweden
John Barton 1 1 Ireland
John Wylie 1 1 Scotland
Norman Creek 1 1 France
Pat Beasley 1 1 Scotland
Paul Goddard 1 1 Iceland
Robert Kingsford 1 1 Scotland
Ronnie Dix 1 1 Norway
Stephen Smith 1 1 Scotland
Steven Caulker 1 1 Sweden
Thomas Sorby 1 1 Wales
Tommy Morren 1 1 Ireland
Tony Kay 1 1 Switzerland

Of course, the person that instantly comes to mind nowadays is Jack Grealish and the question on everyone’s mind is “why will England manager Roy Hodgson pick him?”

  1. because Grealish already merits a place in the England starting eleven
  2. because Grealish might give England another future ‘potential’ squad member (if he develops further)
  3. to give England another ‘backup player’ in case of injuries to their existing midfield options
  4. to weaken the Republic of Ireland squad (a potential tournament rival)
Aston Villa midfielder Grealish announced today that he would seek to represent England at senior international level despite playing for Ireland from under 15 all the way up to U-21

Aston Villa midfielder Grealish announced today that he would seek to represent England at senior international level despite playing for Ireland from under 15 all the way up to U-21

To date, England manager Roy Hodgson has played 10 players (blue text) once but not picked them again, i.e. they now cannot play for anyone else.

  • Terry Venables was the first England manager to publicly acknowledge this ploy as a strategy to weaken international rivals – is this still an England policy?

Placing these ‘one cap wonders’ into reverse chronological order, it is interesting to view the many premiership players who ‘might have’ made a successful contribution to the Republic of Ireland’s FIFA World Cup and European championship campaigns of the recent past.

  • It would be very interesting to identify which players had an Irish parent, or grandparent
  • It is also interesting to speculate if any of them would have merited inclusion in the Ireland squad
  • It will also be interesting to see how many of the recent debutantes Roy Hodgson will pick in the future

Of course, many of them might have also qualified to play for Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales via the ‘parent or grandparent’ rule. Since they are all part of the UK, they could declare for these FIFA countries without changing their passport, i.e. there is no such thing as a Scottish or Welsh passport.

Name Caps Goals Debut Opponent
Ryan Mason 1 0 31/03/2015 Italy
Jon Flanagan 1 0 04/06/2014 Ecuador
Jay Rodriguez 1 0 15/11/2013 Chile
Carl Jenkinson 1 0 14/11/2012 Sweden
Ryan Shawcross 1 0 14/11/2012 Sweden
Steven Caulker 1 1 14/11/2012 Sweden
Jack Butland 1 0 15/08/2012 Italy
Jake Livermore 1 0 15/08/2012 Italy
John Ruddy 1 0 15/08/2012 Italy
Martin Kelly 1 0 26/05/2012 Norway
Fraizer Campbell 1 0 29/02/2012 Netherlands
Matt Jarvis 1 0 29/03/2011 Ghana
Jay Bothroyd 1 0 17/11/2010 France
Kevin Davies 1 0 10/10/2010 Montenegro
Dean Ashton 1 0 01/06/2008 Trinidad & Tobago
David Nugent 1 1 28/03/2007 Andorra
Joey Barton 1 0 07/02/2007 Spain
Chris Kirkland 1 0 16/08/2006 Greece
Alan Thompson 1 0 31/03/2004 Sweden
Anthony Gardner 1 0 31/03/2004 Sweden
Francis Jeffers 1 1 12/02/2003 Australia
David Dunn 1 0 07/09/2002 Portugal
Lee Bowyer 1 0 07/09/2002 Portugal
Michael Ricketts 1 0 13/02/2002 Netherlands
Gavin McCann 1 0 28/02/2001 Spain
Michael Ball 1 0 28/02/2001 Spain
Seth Johnson 1 0 15/11/2000 Italy
Steve Guppy 1 0 10/10/1999 Belgium
Lee Hendrie 1 0 18/11/1998 Czech Republic
Chris Sutton 1 0 15/11/1997 Cameroon
David Unsworth 1 0 03/06/1995 Japan
Neil Ruddock 1 0 16/11/1994 Nigeria
Kevin Richardson 1 0 17/05/1994 Greece
David White 1 0 09/09/1992 Spain
Andy Gray 1 0 13/11/1991 Poland
Mark Walters 1 0 03/06/1991 New Zealand
Mike Phelan 1 0 15/11/1989 Italy
Brian Marwood 1 0 16/11/1988 Saudi Arabia
Mel Sterland 1 0 16/11/1988 Saudi Arabia
Danny Wallace 1 1 29/01/1986 Egypt
Peter Davenport 1 0 26/03/1985 Republic of Ireland
Brian Stein 1 0 29/02/1984 France
Nick Pickering 1 0 19/06/1983 Australia
Nigel Spink 1 0 19/06/1983 Australia
Paul Goddard 1 1 02/06/1982 Iceland
Steve Perryman 1 0 02/06/1982 Iceland
Alan Sunderland 1 0 31/05/1980 Australia
Peter Ward 1 0 31/05/1980 Australia
Trevor Whymark 1 0 12/10/1977 Luxembourg
John Gidman 1 0 30/03/1977 Luxembourg
Charlie George 1 0 08/09/1976 Republic of Ireland
Jimmy Rimmer 1 0 28/05/1976 Italy
Phil Boyer 1 0 24/03/1976 Wales
Brian Little 1 0 21/05/1975 Wales
Phil Parkes 1 0 03/04/1974 Portugal
John Richards 1 0 12/05/1973 Northern Ireland
Jeff Blockley 1 0 11/10/1972 Yugoslavia
Tommy Smith 1 0 19/05/1971 Wales
Tony Brown 1 0 19/05/1971 Wales
Colin Harvey 1 0 03/02/1971 Malta
Ian Storey-Moore 1 0 14/01/1970 Netherlands
Alex Stepney 1 0 22/05/1968 Sweden
John Hollins 1 0 24/05/1967 Spain
Gordon Harris 1 0 05/01/1966 Poland
Derek Temple 1 0 12/05/1965 West Germany
Gerald Young 1 0 18/11/1964 Wales
Tony Kay 1 1 05/06/1963 Switzerland
Ken Shellito 1 0 29/05/1963 Czechoslovakia
Ron Henry 1 0 27/02/1963 France
Chris Crowe 1 0 03/10/1962 France
Ray Charnley 1 0 03/10/1962 France
John Fantham 1 0 28/09/1961 Luxembourg
Brian Miller 1 0 27/05/1961 Austria
John Angus 1 0 27/05/1961 Austria
Ken Brown 1 0 18/11/1959 Northern Ireland
Danny Clapton 1 0 26/11/1958 Wales
David Pegg 1 0 19/05/1957 Republic of Ireland
Geoff Bradford 1 1 02/10/1955 Denmark
Jimmy Meadows 1 0 02/04/1955 Scotland
Ken Armstrong 1 0 02/04/1955 Scotland
Bill Foulkes 1 0 02/10/1954 Northern Ireland
Brian Pilkington 1 0 02/10/1954 Northern Ireland
Johnny Wheeler 1 0 02/10/1954 Northern Ireland
Ray Barlow 1 0 02/10/1954 Northern Ireland
Harry Clarke 1 0 03/04/1954 Scotland
Ernie Taylor 1 0 25/11/1953 Hungary
George Robb 1 0 25/11/1953 Hungary
Stanley Rickaby 1 0 11/11/1953 Northern Ireland
Derek Ufton 1 0 21/10/1953 Rest of Europe
Arthur Milton 1 0 28/11/1951 Austria
Arthur Willis 1 0 03/10/1951 France
Bill Nicholson 1 1 19/05/1951 Portugal
Jack Lee 1 1 07/10/1950 Northern Ireland
Bernard Streten 1 0 16/11/1949 Northern Ireland
Jesse Pye 1 0 21/09/1949 Republic of Ireland
Eddie Shimwell 1 0 13/05/1949 Sweden
John Haines 1 2 02/12/1948 Switzerland
Jimmy Hagan 1 0 26/09/1948 Denmark
Leslie Smith 1 0 24/05/1939 Romania
Pat Beasley 1 1 15/04/1939 Scotland
Doug Wright 1 0 09/11/1938 Norway
Ronnie Dix 1 1 09/11/1938 Norway
Micky Fenton 1 0 09/04/1938 Scotland
Jackie Morton 1 1 01/12/1937 Czechoslovakia
Harry Betmead 1 0 20/05/1937 Ireland
Joe Payne 1 2 20/05/1937 Finland
George Tweedy 1 0 02/12/1936 Hungary
Billy Scott 1 0 17/10/1936 Wales
Tom Smalley 1 0 17/10/1936 Wales
Bernard Joy 1 0 09/05/1936 Belgium
James Cunliffe 1 0 09/05/1936 Belgium
Ralph Birkett 1 0 19/10/1935 Northern Ireland
Sep Smith 1 0 19/10/1935 Northern Ireland
William Richardson 1 0 18/05/1935 Netherlands
George R. Eastham 1 0 13/05/1935 Netherlands
Bobby Gurney 1 0 06/04/1935 Scotland
Walter Alsford 1 0 06/04/1935 Scotland
Jackie Bestall 1 0 06/02/1935 Northern Ireland
Joseph Beresford 1 0 16/05/1934 Czechoslovakia
Arthur Rowe 1 0 06/12/1933 France
David Fairhurst 1 0 06/12/1933 France
Billy Furness 1 0 13/05/1933 Italy
Tommy White 1 0 13/05/1933 Italy
Jack Pickering 1 0 01/04/1933 Scotland
Johnny Arnold 1 0 01/04/1933 Scotland
Teddy Sandford 1 0 16/11/1932 Wales
George Shaw 1 0 09/04/1932 Scotland
Harold Pearson 1 0 09/04/1932 Scotland
Harry Roberts 1 0 16/05/1931 Belgium
Herbie Roberts 1 0 28/03/1931 Scotland
Jackie Crawford 1 0 28/03/1931 Scotland
Albert Barrett 1 0 19/10/1929 Northern Ireland
Len Oliver 1 0 11/05/1929 Belgium
Russell Wainscoat 1 0 13/04/1929 Scotland
Jim Barrett 1 0 22/10/1928 Northern Ireland
Tom Wilson 1 0 31/03/1928 Scotland
Alf Baker 1 0 28/11/1927 Wales
Dan Tremelling 1 0 28/11/1927 Wales
Reg Osborne 1 0 28/11/1927 Wales
John Ball 1 0 22/10/1927 Northern Ireland
George Waterfield 1 0 12/02/1927 Wales
Willie Pease 1 0 12/02/1927 Wales
Albert McInroy 1 0 20/10/1926 Northern Ireland
George Ashmore 1 0 24/05/1926 Belgium
Richard Hill 1 0 24/05/1926 Belgium
Ted Harper 1 0 17/04/1926 Scotland
Billy Austin 1 0 24/10/1925 Northern Ireland
Claude Ashton 1 0 24/10/1925 Northern Ireland
Frank Hudspeth 1 0 24/10/1925 Northern Ireland
George Armitage 1 0 24/10/1925 Northern Ireland
Freddie Fox 1 0 21/05/1925 France
Tom Parker 1 0 21/05/1925 France
William Bryant 1 0 21/05/1925 France
William Felton 1 0 21/05/1925 France
Tommy Cook 1 0 28/02/1925 Wales
Harry Hardy 1 0 08/12/1924 Belgium
Jack Butler 1 0 08/12/1924 Belgium
James Mitchell 1 0 22/10/1924 Northern Ireland
George Blackburn 1 0 17/05/1924 France
Billy Butler 1 0 12/04/1924 Scotland
Clem Stephenson 1 0 03/03/1924 Wales
Ronnie Sewell 1 0 03/03/1924 Wales
Billy Brown 1 1 01/11/1923 Belgium
Graham Doggart 1 0 01/11/1923 Belgium
Fred Bullock 1 0 20/10/1923 Ireland
Harry Pantling 1 0 20/10/1923 Northern Ireland
Thomas Meehan 1 0 20/10/1923 Northern Ireland
Billy Moore 1 2 24/05/1923 Sweden
Harold Miller 1 1 24/05/1923 Sweden
James Moore 1 1 21/05/1923 Sweden
Frank Hartley 1 0 10/05/1923 France
Harry Jones 1 0 10/05/1923 France
Jack Alderson 1 0 10/05/1923 France
Norman Creek 1 1 10/05/1923 France
Seth Plum 1 0 10/05/1923 France
Max Woosnam 1 0 13/03/1922 Wales
Teddy Davison 1 0 13/03/1922 Wales
Billy Kirton 1 1 22/10/1921 Northern Ireland
Ernie Simms 1 0 22/10/1921 Northern Ireland
Albert Read 1 0 21/05/1921 Belgium
Archibald Rawlings 1 0 21/05/1921 Belgium
Jack Fort 1 0 21/05/1921 Belgium
Harold Gough 1 0 09/04/1921 Scotland
Herbert Bliss 1 0 09/04/1921 Scotland
Bert Coleman 1 0 14/03/1921 Wales
Jack Bamber 1 0 14/03/1921 Wales
Dickie Downs 1 0 23/10/1920 Ireland
Jack Mew 1 0 23/10/1920 Ireland
Frank Barson 1 0 15/03/1920 Wales
Arthur Knight 1 0 25/10/1919 Ireland
James Bagshaw 1 0 25/10/1919 Ireland
Robert Turnbull 1 0 25/10/1919 Ireland
Sidney Bowser 1 0 25/10/1919 Ireland
Harry Colclough 1 0 16/03/1914 Wales
Frank Buckley 1 0 14/02/1914 Ireland
Henry Martin 1 0 14/02/1914 Ireland
Ernald Scattergood 1 0 17/03/1913 Wales
Hugh Moffat 1 0 17/03/1913 Wales
Bob Benson 1 0 15/02/1913 Ireland
George Utley 1 0 15/02/1913 Ireland
Tommy Boyle 1 0 15/02/1913 Ireland
George Woodger 1 0 11/02/1911 Ireland
Billy Hibbert 1 0 02/04/1910 Scotland
Wally Hardinge 1 0 02/04/1910 Scotland
Albert Hall 1 0 12/02/1910 Ireland
Arthur Cowell 1 0 12/02/1910 Ireland
Bert Morley 1 0 12/02/1910 Ireland
George Richards 1 0 01/06/1909 Austria
Harold Halse 1 2 01/06/1909 Austria
Arthur Berry 1 0 13/02/1909 Ireland
Joseph Cottle 1 0 13/02/1909 Ireland
Frank Bradshaw 1 3 08/06/1908 Austria
Harry Maskrey 1 0 15/02/1908 Ireland
Irvine Thornley 1 0 18/03/1907 Wales
Tim Coleman 1 0 16/02/1907 Ireland
James Conlin 1 0 07/04/1906 Scotland
Gordon Wright 1 0 19/03/1906 Wales
Albert Gosnell 1 0 17/02/1906 Ireland
Frank Booth 1 0 25/02/1905 Ireland
William Balmer 1 0 25/02/1905 Ireland
Bernie Wilkinson 1 0 09/04/1904 Scotland
Bert Lee 1 0 29/02/1904 Wales
Arthur Capes 1 0 04/04/1903 Scotland
Percy Humphreys 1 0 04/04/1903 Scotland
Rex Corbett 1 0 02/03/1903 Wales
William Garraty 1 0 02/03/1903 Wales
Arthur Lockett 1 0 14/02/1903 Ireland
Harry Hadley 1 0 14/02/1903 Ireland
Tom Holford 1 0 14/02/1903 Ireland
John Calvey 1 0 22/03/1902 Ireland
Bert Lipsham 1 0 03/03/1902 Wales
Walter Abbott 1 0 03/03/1902 Wales
Bertie Corbett 1 0 18/03/1901 Wales
Matt Kingsley 1 0 18/03/1901 Wales
C. B. Fry 1 0 09/03/1901 Ireland
George Hedley 1 0 09/03/1901 Ireland
Herbert Banks 1 0 09/03/1901 Ireland
William Jones 1 0 09/03/1901 Ireland
John Plant 1 0 07/04/1900 Scotland
Alf Spouncer 1 0 26/03/1900 Wales
Dan Cunliffe 1 0 17/03/1900 Ireland
Fred Priest 1 0 17/03/1900 Ireland
Charles Morice 1 0 30/11/1872 Scotland
Bernard Middleditch 1 0 20/2/1897 Ireland
Jack Hillman 1 0 1899-02-18 Ireland
Philip Bach 1 0 1899-02-18 Ireland
Tom Perry 1 0 1898-03-28 Wales
Ben Garfield 1 0 1898-03-05 Ireland
Charlie Richards 1 0 1898-03-05 Ireland
Tommy Morren 1 1 1898-03-05 Ireland
William Foulke 1 0 1897-03-29 Wales
Harry Bradshaw 1 0 1897-02-20 Ireland
Cuthbert Burnup 1 0 1896-04-04 Scotland
Stephen Smith 1 1 1895-04-06 Scotland
Gerard Dewhurst 1 0 1895-03-18 Wales
Maurice Stanbrough 1 0 1895-03-18 Wales
Richard Raine Barker 1 0 1895-03-18 Wales
Arthur Topham 1 0 1894-03-12 Wales
John Veitch 1 3 1894-03-12 Wales
Henry Chippendale 1 0 1894-03-03 Ireland
Josiah Reader 1 0 1894-03-03 Ireland
Chris Charsley 1 0 1893-02-25 Ireland
Norman Cooper 1 0 1893-02-25 Ireland
Walter Gilliat 1 3 1893-02-25 Ireland
Henry Lilley 1 0 1892-03-05 Wales
John D. Cox 1 0 1892-03-05 Ireland
John Pearson 1 0 1892-03-05 Ireland
Michael Whitham 1 0 1892-03-05 Ireland
Elphinstone Jackson 1 0 1891-03-07 Wales
Jem Bayliss 1 0 1891-03-07 Ireland
Joseph Marsden 1 0 1891-03-07 Ireland
Leonard Wilkinson 1 0 1891-03-07 Wales
Thomas Porteous 1 0 1891-03-07 Wales
John Barton 1 1 1890-03-15 Ireland
Nat Walton 1 0 1890-03-15 Ireland
Henry Hammond 1 0 1889-04-13 Scotland
Frank Burton 1 0 1889-03-02 Ireland
John Yates 1 3 1889-03-02 Ireland
Arthur Lowder 1 0 1889-02-23 Wales
William Betts 1 0 1889-02-23 Wales
Albert Allen 1 3 1888-04-07 Ireland
Charles Shelton 1 0 1888-04-07 Ireland
Frank Saunders 1 0 1888-02-04 Wales
Jimmy Sayer 1 0 1887-02-05 Ireland
Teddy Brayshaw 1 0 1887-02-05 Ireland
Charles Dobson 1 0 1886-03-13 Ireland
George Shutt 1 0 1886-03-13 Ireland
Teddy Leighton 1 0 1886-03-13 Ireland
Thelwell Pike 1 0 1886-03-13 Ireland
Thomas Danks 1 0 1885-03-21 Scotland
James Ward 1 0 1885-03-14 Wales
John Auger Dixon 1 0 1885-03-14 Wales
John Hudson 1 0 1883-02-24 Ireland
Bruce Russell 1 0 1883-02-03 Wales
Percival Parr 1 0 1882-03-13 Wales
Horace Barnet 1 0 1882-02-18 Ireland
John Rawlinson 1 0 1882-02-18 Ireland
Robert King 1 0 1882-02-18 Ireland
Reginald Macaulay 1 0 1881-03-12 Scotland
Alf Harvey 1 0 1881-02-26 Wales
George Tait 1 0 1881-02-26 Wales
John Sands 1 0 1880-03-15 Wales
Samuel Widdowson 1 0 1880-03-13 Scotland
Segar Bastard 1 0 1880-03-13 Scotland
Arnold Hills 1 0 1879-04-05 Scotland
Arthur Goodyer 1 1 1879-04-05 Scotland
Edward Christian 1 0 1879-04-05 Scotland
Harold Morse 1 0 1879-04-05 Scotland
James F. M. Prinsep 1 0 1879-04-05 Scotland
Reginald Birkett 1 0 1879-04-05 Scotland
Herbert Whitfeld 1 1 1879-01-18 Wales
Rupert Anderson 1 0 1879-01-18 Wales
Thomas Sorby 1 1 1879-01-18 Wales
Conrad Warner 1 0 1878-03-02 Scotland
Edward Lyttelton 1 0 1878-03-02 Scotland
John Wylie 1 1 1878-03-02 Scotland
Percy Fairclough 1 0 1878-03-02 Scotland
Alfred Lyttelton 1 1 1877-03-03 Scotland
Cecil Wingfield-Stratford 1 0 1877-03-03 Scotland
John Bain 1 0 1877-03-03 Scotland
Morton Betts 1 0 1877-03-03 Scotland
William Lindsay 1 0 1877-03-03 Scotland
Arthur Savage 1 0 1876-03-04 Scotland
Charles Eastlake Smith 1 0 1876-03-04 Scotland
Ernest Bambridge 1 0 1876-03-04 Scotland
Francis Heron 1 0 1876-03-04 Scotland
Frederick Green 1 0 1876-03-04 Scotland
Walter Buchanan 1 0 1876-03-04 Scotland
Charles Alcock 1 1 1875-03-06 Scotland
Edward Haygarth 1 0 1875-03-06 Scotland
Herbert Rawson 1 0 1875-03-06 Scotland
Richard Geaves 1 0 1875-03-06 Scotland
William Carr 1 0 1875-03-06 Scotland
Alfred Stratford 1 0 1874-03-07 Scotland
John Edwards 1 0 1874-03-07 Scotland
John Owen 1 0 1874-03-07 Scotland
Robert Kingsford 1 1 1874-03-07 Scotland
Robert Ogilvie 1 0 1874-03-07 Scotland
Alexander Morten 1 0 1873-03-08 Scotland
Alfred Goodwyn 1 0 1873-03-08 Scotland
Leonard Howell 1 0 1873-03-08 Scotland
Robert Vidal 1 0 1873-03-08 Scotland
William Kenyon-Slaney 1 2 1873-03-08 Scotland
Arnold Kirke-Smith 1 0 1872-11-30 Scotland
Charles Clegg 1 0 1872-11-30 Scotland
Frederick Maddison 1 0 1872-11-30 Scotland
John Brockbank 1 0 1872-11-30 Scotland
Robert Barker 1 0 1872-11-30 Scotland
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