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A moment that will give hope to cold-shouldered big-club squad-padding | Football

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WARNING: INTERNATIONAL BREAK AHEAD

There was a time – a long time – when good English players at unfashionable clubs would get repeatedly and demoralisingly ignored by England managers, who would then scramble to call them up the moment they took the fancy of a big team. Think, perhaps, of Paul Gascoigne, star of Newcastle’s midfield but ignored until a fortnight after his Tottenham debut, or Phil Jones, an international outcast during his breakout season at Blackburn but called up as soon as he darkened the door at Old Trafford, or Danny Ings, fast-tracked into the squad the instant he signed for Liverpool, or Matt Le Tissier, who despite his talent was barely chosen while he was at Southampton and, erm, never left.

No longer! Today is a new dawn, the situation turned in a trice upon its very head. Now English players can’t get in the squads at big clubs but get called up as soon as they move to smaller ones. Nathaniel Chalobah is the groundbreaker here, Gareth Southgate…



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