9 Stars Who Have Failed to Deliver on Their England Debuts Since 2010

England's quintet of debutants drew praise from manager Gareth Southgate, fans and the media alike for their displays in Friday's stalemate with Germany. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jordan Pickford, Tammy Abraham, Joe Gomez and Jack Cork all starred to varying degrees to give their first-team boss something to contemplate ahead of next summer's World Cup. It's all well and good having a stormer of a debut for your country, but what about those who wished we'd just forget about their first senior...

Jay Bothroyd

This is it. The pièce de résistance. It doesn't get any more laughably memorable than this.


With 13 goals in 14 matches for Cardiff City during the first three months of the 2010/11 season, Championship striker Bothroyd was called up to the England squad for a November friendly against France.


Fabio Capello - of all the Three Lions' bosses it could have been - handed the goalscorer an 18-minute runout against Les Bleus in the eventual 2-1 loss and, well, let's just say he didn't play particularly well.


Bothroyd currently plays for H.C. Sapporo in the Japanese League - a sign that he's trying to run as far away as possible from his brief spell in the England side.

Fraser Forster

With Southampton riding high in the Premier League under Mauricio Pochettino back in 2013/14, the impervious Forster was handed a start for the visit of Chile in November 2013.


The towering keeper was set to be the heir apparent to Joe Hart in between the sticks, but conceded twice as the Three Lions fell to a shock 2-0 defeat to I Roja.


The 29-year-old has featured five more times since, to varying degrees but, with question marks over his form this term, don't expect him to truly compete for the number one spot next summer.

Leon Osman

Like Jenkinson - and the other quartet alongside him - Osman's Three Lions debut was one to strike a pencil through as soon as the final whistle sounded.


Playing the full 90 minutes, Osman displayed some decent touches and passes in the heart of midfield, but his slight frame was powerless to stop Sweden running rampant in Stockholm.


Osman did turn out once more as as sub in the 8-0 thrashing of San Marino, but his career at international level was really over before it started.

Carl Jenkinson

One of six players handed their first senior England appearance in the surprise 4-2 defeat to Sweden to gain his only cap to date, Jenkinson won't look back on this game fondly.


The Three Lions were put to the sword by legendary striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's four-goal salvo in November 2012.


Jenkinson, who's on a season-long loan at Birmingham, wasn't at fault for such a scoreline but still flattered to deceive when called upon by then manager Roy Hodgson, and will find it tough to ever add to his tally.

James Ward-Prowse

The most recent debutant on this list, Southampton ace Ward-Prowse is yet another whose only appearance came as a late substitute.


The midfielder's seven-minute cameo in March's 1-0 loss to Germany certainly didn't give him enough of a chance to prove his worth at international level, and deserved more time to show his quality.


At just 23-years-old and still part of the Saints' senior squad, Ward-Prowse could yet add to his solitary cap in the future, providing he can actually break into Mauricio Pellegrino's starting lineup sharpish.

Martin Kelly

The only player with a win to his name on his England debut on this list, Kelly's first game for the senior side should have been a day that he'd remember forever.


Except it wasn't. Kelly was handed a two-minute stint from the bench at right-back in a 1-0 friendly victory over Norway in May 2012, and it wouldn't be surprising if he failed to touch the ball at all.


The Crystal Palace defender hasn't been selected since. And with good reason, given the club's recent relegation troubles...

Matt Jarvis

After some not-too-shabby performances for Wolves during the 2010/11 campaign, Jarvis found himself part of the England set up for March's friendly against Ghana.


Suffice to say his debut wasn't exactly one to remember. The winger appeared from the bench for the final 21 minutes of the 1-1 draw, and struggled to make an impact on the Wembley turf.


He earned a move to West Ham 18 months later but, after falling out of favour in London, now plays for Norwich - a whole world away from featuring for his national side.

Kevin Davies

He's currently pulling up trees as manager of National League side Southport, but Davies failed to spark England into life in his one and only appearance in October 2012.


The ex-striker came on for a 20-minute cameo in the bore draw with Montenegro and, in typical fashion, got himself booked for his physical style.


Davies, then with Bolton Wanderers, was never seen again in England colours as the veteran target man fell way down the pecking order as the goals dried up in Lancashire.

Jon Flanagan

Touted as a future Liverpool and England star just four seasons ago, Flanagan's career has stalled in recent times.


Back when he was a precocious 20-year-old, however, the full-back was handed his senior debut in a 2-2 friendly against Ecuador ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.


Coming on as a 72nd-minute sub, Flanagan did little to prove his worth at international level and his career path has been on a downward trajectory ever since, thanks in no small part to injuries.

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