Top 5 English midfielders of the Premier League era
England are involved in a number of international fixtures ahead of the World Cup in Russia in June. The current squad has plenty of depth but lacks experience, and if we may be so bold, lacks quality as well.
Considering England's dismal record in cup competitions despite the wealth of talent in their side over the years, we're lead to wonder if their chances are any better this time around.
In light of unfortunate selection decisions by Gareth Southgate for the friendly against the Netherlands - opponents the Three Lions managed to overcome in the end to get the victory - and an even more unfortunate group of players to select from, we look back at some of the finest English midfielders to have graced the Premier League.
#5 "It's only Ray Parlour!"
Ray Parlour was as English in his approach towards football as you can get. Gritty in tackling and winning the ball back, not the most pleasing to the eye on the ball but effective, and not afraid to let fly from distance.
A true Gunner, Parlour was a favourite with the fans and acquired cult status while at his time at Highbury. He was also known to be quite the prankster and was often involved in practical jokes on his teammates who adored him.
He was a part of the historic invincible side of '03/04 after winning the double with Arsenal in '01/02. The England international, who was unfortunate with the number of chances he got with the national team, was a sturdy presence in the middle of the park and could pick a pass with ease.
It comes as a surprise then that he didn't get picked that often for England considering he'd get picked even now. And he hasn't played for ages!