5 of the best uncapped footballers of all time
Winning an International cap is the pinnacle of a footballer's career. When a football player signs his first professional contract, his eyes become set on representing his nation. However, winning an international cap for traditional powerhouses like Brazil or Germany is much tougher than winning one for San Marino. Having said that, if a player is good enough, he is bound to rise to the top and receive international recognition, regardless of the strength of competition.
Predictably, all the players in this list come from footballing powerhouses, each of whom has won a world cup. Some of the players mentioned on the list missed out on International recognition since they broke into the scene when their teams already had outstanding players in their positions, while others fell victim to national rules and requirements.
Here is a look at 5 of the best players who never got capped by their national teams. It is a list which contains league winners as well as some most technically gifted players
#5 Jimmy Case (England)
Quite possibly the greatest uncapped Englishman, Case was a part of the all-conquering Liverpool side of the 70s. Being an integral part of such a dominant team, there was a great chance that international recognition would soon follow, yet it never happened for the midfielder.
Unsurprisingly, three of Case’s Liverpool midfield teammates, Terry McDermott, Ian Callaghan and Alan Kennedy were a part of the English squad, yet Case wasn't even considered for the national team.
Liverpool's then manager Bob Paisley criticized Case's absence from the national team by saying, “it forced the other three in doing jobs they weren’t used to doing in Case’s absence.” Despite no call-ups to the national team, the Englishman won 4 league titles, 3 European Cups and one UEFA Cup in an incredibly successful career at Anfield.