A Starting XI of Players Who Were Born in England But Chose to Play Elsewhere at International Level

You're born in England, you're good at football; surely the dream is to play for the Three Lions. Nope, think again. There are a whole host of players who have pledged their allegiance to other nations, either out of a sense of sentiment or under the assumption that they were never good enough to make it into the England national side. Either way, with the international break now over, let's take one final look at a starting XI of players who opted against playing for England... DISCLAIMER:...

GK - Andrew Hogg (Malta)

Place of birth: Kingston Upon Thames


The 32-year-old stopper has been the first choice keeper for the Maltese national side for almost a decade now and even got to face his birthplace in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley in October 2016.


Number of camps for Malta: 51

CB - Ashley Williams (Wales)

Place of birth: Wolverhampton


Definitely one the Three Lions missed out on, Williams is a Midlands boy who chose to represent Wales at international level due to his maternal grandfather. The Everton centre back captained the Dragons to the semi finals of Euro 2016.


Number of caps for Wales: 70

CB - Wes Morgan (Jamaica)

Place of birth: Nottingham


The Premier League winning captain spent all his life in Nottingham; passing through the youth teams of Notts County and Dunkirk FC before making it as a pro with Forest. Yet, he skippers Jamaica at international level, even featuring in the 2015 Copa America.


Number of caps for Jamaica: 30

CB - Roy Chipolina (Gibraltar)

Place of birth: Enfield


The 34-year-old is a footballing legend in Gibraltar, having played for dominant side Lincoln Red Imps in the local Premier League since 2006, as well as being the national side's captain. The centre back works as a Customs Officer on the British Overseas Territory.


Number of caps for Gibraltar: 22

RWB - Jason Demetriou (Cyprus)

Place of birth: Newham


Occupying the right wing back slot as part of this offensive 3-5-2 formation is experienced Cypriot defender Jason Demetriou. Qualifying from his paternal roots, the 29-year-old has played football in both Greece and Cyprus, but is now on the books at Southend United.


Number of caps for Cyprus: 46

LWB - Daniel Bennett (Singapore)

Place of birth: Great Yarmouth


On the opposite flank is the all time record appearance maker for the Singapore national side, Daniel Bennett. The 39-year-old defender successfully applied for citizenship after moving there to play football as a young age and has never looked back since.


Number of caps for Singapore: 133

CM - Andre Boucaud (Trinidad & Tobago)

Place of birth: Enfield


With both parents born in Trinidad it made sense for Boucaud to try his luck with the national team, with the well-travelled midfielder now a mainstay for the Soca Warriors. Back in England, the 32-year-old has wandered through the lower leagues, playing for the likes of Peterborough United, Kettering Town and now Dagenham & Redbridge.


Number of caps for Trinidad & Tobago: 46

CM - Oliver Norwood (Northern Ireland)

Place of birth: Burnley


The Lancashire lad appeared for the England under 17 team a few times before he switched to Northern Ireland. The Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder was a key figure for Michael O'Neill's side as they progressed to the knockout rounds at Euro 2016.


Number of caps for Northern Ireland: 43

AM - Phil Younghusband (Philippines)

Place of birth: Ashford


If rumours are to be believed then an anonymous gamer alerted the Philippines FA over the eligibility of Phil Younghusband, and his brother James, having seen it on Football Manager. Needless to say the Southeast Asian nation have adopted the versatile forward, an academy graduate of Chelsea, ever since, instilling him as captain too.


Number of caps for Philippines: 86

FW - Jonathan Walters (Republic of Ireland)

Place of birth: Moreton


The man from Merseyside has an Irish mother and was given his debut by Giovanni Trapattoni in 2010 just after he moved to Stoke City. The versatile forward has been a regular in the squad ever since, despite never living across the sea.


Number of caps for Republic of Ireland: 46

FW - Steven Fletcher (Scotland)

Place of birth: Shrewsbury


Fletcher's family relocated to Scotland when he was just a boy and he was soon picked up by the Hibernian academy. Despite being eligible for England through his father, his loyalty to the Tartan Army was never in doubt and he is just one goal away from double figures for the national side.


Number of caps for Scotland: 30

Substitutes

Bench: Jaimes McKee (Hong Kong), Tommy Smith (New Zealand), Keiran Murtagh (Antigua and Barbuda) and Samuel Cox (Guyana)


In case anyone gets injured in the warm up, we've got a number of ready replacements; from long serving Ipswich Town and Kiwi defender Tommy Smith to Woking midfielder and Antigua legend Keiran Murtagh.

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