Picking the Best Uncapped Starting XI to Play for Yorkshire's New International Side

In a rather bizarre turn of events, the Yorkshire International Football Association (Yifa) are holding trials this weekend for players to represent the county on the international stage. While they are yet to receive an official FIFA membership, they could face the likes of Tibet, Greenland and Zanzibar in friendly matches. Yorkshire is colloquially known as 'God's Own Country' for a reason. From the stunning scenery to a thriving music scene spawning the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, The...

Striker: Cameron Jerome - Norwich City

Saving the best until last, Cameron Jerome will lead the line for Yorkshire with gusto. He's scored bags of Premier League goals in his time, and notched an impressive 16 Championship goals for Norwich City last season.

Offering strength and agility at the top of the field, the 31-year-old could form a deadly partnership with Calvert-Lewin, in the vein of England's famous Michael Owen/Alan Shearer strike-force.

Striker: Dominic Calvert-Lewin - Everton

The former Sheffield United prodigy has worked incredibly hard to get a run in the Everton side, even if he has been helped by the club's decision to spend the bulk of the Romelu Lukaku millions on about five number tens, leaving the striker position worryingly sparse.

He's bagged five goals and produced four assists for Everton so far this season, as the Toffees face the unenviable challenge of hauling themselves up the league with Sam Allardyce at the helm.

A born-finisher with a touch of class, Calvert-Lewin is a shoo-in for the side.

Central Midfield: Jonny Howson - Middlesbrough

An experienced creative midfielder who has more than a few goals in him, Jonny Howson will form a formidable midfield partnership with Cook.

With bags of Premier League experience under his belt, the often-overlooked 29-year-old will bring his energetic midfield displays for Middlesborough into the Yorkshire side.

Offering the irresistible combination of flair and combative tendencies in midfield, Howson is a certainty for the Yorkshire XI.

Central Midfield: Lewis Cook - Bournemouth

A genuine contender to earn a future England spot, Lewis Cook is coming on leaps and bounds under the careful tutelage of his manager Eddie Howe.

The ticking engine of the Yorkshire midfield, the 20-year-old will bring guile and tenacity to the centre of the park. Having won both the European Championship and World Cup at youth level, Cook is more than equipped to deal with the pressures of international football.

Yes, Gareth Southgate may have his eyes on him. But hands off, England. He's Yorkshire's!

Right-Midfield: Kyle Naughton - Swansea City

Adding a touch of Premier League class to the Yorkshire side, Kyle Naughton will be given license to maraud forward in a more advanced position than he is used to at Swansea City.

After struggling to break into the Spurs side due to the then-burgeoning talent of Kyle Walker, Naughton eventually left the club to get regular first team football in the Premier League - becoming a firm fan favourite with the Swans.

At the age of 29, the chances of Naughton getting an England cap are looking slimmer by the day. Fear not, Kyle. You'll be welcomed into the Yorkshire XI with open arms.

Left-Midfield: Luke Garbutt - Everton

Things haven't quite taken off for Harrogate-born Luke Garbutt yet, but his recent loan spell with Wigan and Fulham have shown him to be an efficient, if not bombastic midfield option.

Garbutt, now 24, has plenty of footballing experience under his belt, and would offer tidy and efficient play on the wing for Yorkshire.

It is also worth noting that Garbutt won the Under-17s' Euro 2010, in which his outstanding performances earned him a richly deserved place in the team of the tournament.

Centre-Back: Matthew Kilgallon - York City

A weak-link. Yes, it must be said. But John Stones and Harry Maguire are already full England internationals, with little left in the Yorkshire barrel to be scraped.

While he may now be plying his trade in the National League North with York, big Matthew can draw on his four years of Premier League experience with Sunderland. 

Another England Under-21 player who didn't quite live up to the hype of their youth, Kilgallon will be a welcome edition to the quite enviably robust Yorkshire backline.

Centre-Back: David Wheater - Bolton Wanderers

A player who some (ahem) have tentatively dubbed the thinking-man's Leonardo Bonucci, David Wheater will be the no-nonsense rock at the heart of the Yorkshire defence.

Once tipped as a real prospect for the future, the Redcar-born centre-back never made a Three Lions appearance despite receiving a call-up in 2008, during his prime at Middlesbrough.

At 30 years of age, Wheater still has enough fight in him to give Yorkshire some real grit in defence and get stuck right in to the likes of Tibet. On this basis, he's got the captain's armband.

Right-Back: Mason Holgate - Everton

Mason Holgate is finally being give his chance to shine at Everton, with the versatile 21-year-old clearly starting to flourish at Goodison Park.

The England Under-21 international was the starting right-back in last summer's Euro 2017 championship, and his ability to switch into the middle of defence has proved invaluable for the Toffees.

In a Yorkshire side creaking with experience, the young Doncaster lad offers some much needed sprightliness to the side.

Left-Back: Charlie Taylor - Burnley

York-born left-back Charlie Taylor made the big jump from the Championship to the top-tier after leaving Leeds United to join Burnley in the summer, a move he's certainly earned.

After grafting away on loan spells with the likes of Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Fleetwood Town, Taylor broke into the Leeds United first team and became on the most reliable defenders in the Championship.

Taylor has been restricted to League Cup appearances so far, but his performances against Blackburn and his old side Leeds showed real promise, with the effects of his manager Sean Dyche's defensive philosophy shining through.

Goalkeeper: David Stockdale - Birmingham City

6ft 3" of prime Yorkshire beef, David Stockdale was perhaps unfairly overlooked by England at his peak. The Birmingham City stopper had been called-up by England twice before, but was unable to usurp Joe Hart as the Three Lions number one.

Stockdale was excellent for Fulham in the Premier League, and bounced back from loan spells in the lower levels of the football league to star for Brighton & Hove Albion - seeing them promoted before being mercilessly shipped off to Birmingham City despite his efforts.

Stockdale offers a cool head at the back, and he'll do Yorkshire proud!

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