5 Premier League stars who surprisingly don't have any International Caps
5 Premier League stars who shockingly never played international football...
While club football is the dominant form of the game with both fans and players, getting an international call-up is still the pinnacle of the game. Many greats cemented their status by excelling for their country- Luis Figo or Ronaldo for instance, while others have faced criticism, even if unfair for under-performing- Wayne Rooney
.Some brilliant players however failed to get a national cap in their careers. In this list, we look at some brilliant players who played in the Premier League but never represented their country.
5. Charlie Austin
The original non-League to Premier League story, Austin was signed by Swindon Town after he impressed for non-league side Poole Town. Austin then had a short spell at Swindon before moving to Burnley.
He excelled at Burnley once more before making his Premier League debut with QPR. In a miserable QPR side, which struggled to gain many points, Austin scored 18 goals, finishing fourth on the top scorers list.
Manager Harry Redknapp claimed that his side relied on Austin to fire them to safety and even though he failed to keep QPR up, he earned many plaudits from pundits.
Austin however didn't find any takers in the summer window and finally moved to Southampton in January 2016. He has proved himself to be a consistent player upfront, but found himself falling behind after an injury ruined his first call up in 2014-15.
Jamie Vardy excelled while Austin slugged it out at the Championship and subsequently battled injuries as Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford emerged further limiting his chances. He was named on the bench for a Euro 2016 qualifying match but did not make an appearance.
Roy Hodgson kept close watch on Austin while at the England job claiming he was ready to give every chance possible to Austin to prove himself on the international stage but failed to give Austin a cap in his time.
What makes Austin's no appearances sad is the fact that players like David Nugent and Jay Bothroyd, both of whom failed to establish themselves in the top-flight have England caps while he doesn't and looks no closer to getting one.